Fringe Republican presidential hopefuls have launched a war against the American public school system and told a home schooling rally in Iowa this week that government wants “absolute control” to “indoctrinate” children.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a perennial loser in the Presidential sweepstakes, told the cheering crowd that the “the public school system is now a propaganda machine. 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 was joined by other members of the GOP’s lunatic fringe, including bombastic Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.
Bachmann praised home schooling, calling the practice the “essence of freedom and liberty” and adding that “it’s about knowing our children better than the state knows our children.”
“It is not up to a bureaucrat to decide what is best for your children. I am so tired ot the establishment telling us that they know best. We know best,” Bachmann said.
Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s pizza, said government has no role in education. Like Paul and Bachmann, Cain is hinting that he may run for President in 2012.
“That’s all we want is for government to get out of the way so we can educate ourselves and our children the old-fashioned way,” he said.
Bachmann, known for mangling facts and getting historical information wrong in her public statements, home schooled her five biological children.
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- Stop Taking Bachmann Seriously! (thedailybeast.com)
- Ron Paul: US education indoctrinates children (rt.com)