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Here’s how Reuters (I expect better from Reuters) started in about the Iowa homeschooling rally at the state capitol in Des Moines:

Three potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates expressed hostility toward the public school system at a home schooling rally on Wednesday in the early presidential caucus state of Iowa.

Hostilty?  Let’s see what they said…

Former Godfather’s CEO Herman Cain suggested government ought to “get out of the way” of education.  Rep. Michele Bachmann was more pointed when state bureaucrats refused to allow the Bachmann’s to homeschool foster children.

“It is not up to a bureaucrat to decide what is best for your children,” Bachmann said, drawing cheers from the crowd. “I am so tired of the establishment telling us that they know best. We know best.”

But the rhetorical honors appear to have been won by Cong. Ron Paul:

Texas Congressman Ron Paul told the crowd government wants “absolute control” of the “indoctrination” of children. *  *  *  “The public school system now is a propaganda machine,” Paul said, prompting applause from the crowd of hundreds of home schooling families. “They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism – and they condition them to believe in so much which is totally un-American.”

Paul is right; he also argued that the GOP has abandoned its historic commitment (largely symbolic) to abolishing the Federal Department of Education. If the educational system isn’t being used for indoctrination, explain why the liberals screamed when Texas brought balance into the curriculum in 2010.

But I would not call it hostility; it’s just the education system has largely shut out parents, American exceptionalism and God from the public schools.  I do not dislike Bachmann and/or Cain but Paul understands the issues well.  We’re waiting for the announcement!

More Paul news:  He spoke at University of NH in Dover today.  The Union-Leader reported a SRO crowd of about 550 to hear the Texas congressman restate traditional themes:

Speaking passionately about his favorite subject, liberty, Paul largely repeated views he has espoused for years: abolish the Federal Reserve, severely cut government spending and pull troops out of foreign countries.

Here’s an interesting take from the UNH audience:

Stephen Cote, a 25-year-old freshman from Chichester, said he came to find out what Paul was all about, and he liked what he saw. He particularly liked Paul’s idea that American troops should be brought back from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cote has a unique perspective on that issue. He served as a Marine in Iraq before attending UNH.

I thought the troops didn’t support that isolationist Ron Paul!  The troops know they need real support:  No more goody-goody unnecessary aggressive wars.  Stick to what’s our business.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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