Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Let's Recruit Those Homeschooled Kids for the War on Terror!

Rick Santorum wants to. And since a whole bunch of the homeschool community are Christian Republicans who support President Bush, then they must support the war. So this may be a very fertile recruiting ground, you think?

We all know the government has been fighting to get access to schools so they can recruit Seniors as they move towards graduation. I don't want them at the schools, necessarily, but I can certainly understand their motivation, since they're having a whole lot of trouble recruiting enough soldiers to feed Bush's war machine. But what about the homeschoolers? Well, little Ricky Santorum (R-Bush's Pocket) is seeing to that in this year's National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006.

It's section 522, and Natalie, a homeschool blogger, describes its provisions as. . .

Section 522 of this omnibus bill calls for the creation of a special policy for the recruitment and enlistment of homeschooled students in the US Armed Forces. Section 522 would
• Require the Secretary of Defense to prescribe a policy on recruitment and enlistment of homeschoolers into the Armed Forces
• Ensure that the policy applies uniformly across the Armed Forces
• Grant homeschoolers special treatment for enlistment, with no practical limit with regard to enlistment eligibility
• Permit enlistment of homeschooled graduates without a secondary school diploma or GED to enlist in the Armed Forces
• Prescribe a single set of criteria, determined by the Secretary of Defense, to determine whether an individual is a graduate of homeschooling.

Homeschool blogger cobranchi.com is also worried about this provision, as is Melissa Wiley of Here in Bonny Glen, who fingers Santorum as the sponsor of Section 522.

Could Rick Santorum be any more stupid? This is his natural constituency, homeschoolers, but he evidently didn't get it that many of them want as little government intererence in their lives as possible. I'd say a concerted effort to recruit one's child into the military is government interference. A constituency Santorum should be able to count on, since he is a homeschooler (and thief) himself, is a bit up in arms on this subject, but they don't seem to be able to move the issue to the forefront. I'm thinking we need to get them publicity.

As a final word, while I can find more serious concern about Section 522 by several other homeschoolers and the National Home Education Legal Defense website, and complaints as recent as December 19, I've been unable to find Section 522 in the current legislation. Can anyone help with that?

Crossposted from Allspinzone.


At 20 December, 2005 18:34, Blogger doe said...

Here you go - S. 1042

At 20 December, 2005 22:03, Blogger PiledHighandDeep said...

Specifically, section you want starts on page 137 of the PDF file.

At 21 December, 2005 00:46, Blogger merlallen said...

Any surprise they're against it?

At 21 December, 2005 01:21, Blogger wordgirl said...

Interesting...since evangelical fundamentalists are usually Pro-Bush in a major way. And they make up the largest portion of the homeschooling network. Hmmm. Whaddaya gotta say NOW about the "candidate who made you feel safe"?

At 21 December, 2005 07:03, Blogger Karl said...

I don't understand why the homeschooling community is worried about this.

After all, military service allows them to satisfy themselves that their kids aren't gay. Isn't that Senator Santorum's point?

At 22 December, 2005 15:44, Blogger One Veteran said...

The libertarian right and progressive left need to get together more often, because they agree on more than one might think.

By the way, I love this blog, and as a veteran of the Iraq war who was stop-lossed the entire time I was in Iraq, I humbly ask all young republicans to enlist and take the place of a stop-lossed soldier.

At 22 December, 2005 16:04, Blogger Karl said...


Thank you for your service and your posting.

Spread the word!

This is a genuinely nonpartisan blog focused exclusively on this specific topic. Thank you.


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