Thursday, August 27, 2009

No to Govt Healthcare, but what about Govt Schools?

Voddie Baucham has a very good point: how many of the people that are fervently against government-run healthcare are equally against government-run schools?

(I'm not a Baptist, but I do agree with Voddie Baucham on many many issues)

For those who don't feel like clicking, here is an excerpt:

One of the mantras we hear repeatedly these days is, “we don’t want socialism.” While that sounds good (and conservative, and constitutional, and patriotic, etc.), it rings hollow when you consider the overwhelming majority of the people leading the charge have their children in what amounts to socialized education. What’s the difference? If you’re really against government-run, socialized programs, yank your kid off the yellow prison bus and just say no.

Why exactly is it fine and dandy to protest socialized healthcare, but then turn around and just accept socialized education? While families can reject socialized education by private (still institutionalized age-segregated largely one-size-fits-all, albeit not government-run) and homeschooling, I somehow doubt that there would be a homeschooling equivalent for medicine. (if I'm wrong, let me know) Or maybe more Christians will join Samaritan Ministries and opt for private care, assuming that there will be private care clinics here and there.

If anything, it seems like they should be protesting government schools MORE, because children go to school as a norm. People, by and large, do not go to the doctor as a norm, but only when something's wrong.

Anyways, Baucham lists more mantras stated by people opposed to government healthcare, but then examines those statements in light of government education. Statements like "I support the 10th Amendment!" "I have a right to pick my own doctor!" and "Not with my tax dollars!"

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  • Birdie

    Good point. In fact, I like it so much that I just assigned this subject and the links you so thoughtfully included to my two high-schoolers for today's civics lesson. ;)

  • JunkMale


    Glad I could do my part to further someone else's homeschool education :D

    Pearl's going to be 100 days old soon, and that's a celebrated day in Korean culture, albeit somewhat of a vestigial celebration, since most babies live much longer than that. Anyways, I plan on taking a lot of pictures, so you might have some "international studies" material on your computer screen soon..