Strike a Victory for Federalism: Eliminate the Public Schools
Written By: Paul Galvin | Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
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In an earlier article, many of the local benefits to flow from the elimination of the public schools were outlined. But eliminating public schooling, an institution not extant at the country's founding, would have national implications extending well beyond the boundaries of any one state. Chief beneficiaries would be an overall strengthening, and rehabilitation, of the American federal system and an increase in individual liberty.
Freedom for Federalism. Some of us have actually read the U.S. Constitution. Readers may know the document I mean, the written one, the one containing the set of behavioral limitations placed upon the created government. Not the imagined version penned with invisible ink whose words and meaning are discernible only by elites with special glasses. (Pointedly many of these elites so-called have either been elected or appointed and thus have been required by the written Constitution's Article VI to take an oath "to support this Constitution, " meaning, because of the Framers' deliberate use of the definite article "this, " the one visibly available to the rest of us.(*)) When reading that Constitution, we know that the created federal government has no authority to legislate on any matter dealing with education. On this point we have Mr. Madison in our corner. "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined [(**)]. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." ~ Federalist #45.
(*) In addition to Clause 3 of Article VI (the Oath/Affirmation Clause), the phrase "this Constitution" appears in 11 other provisions of the Framers' 1787 document, demonstrating unequivocally that the Framers' use of the definite article "this" in pointing at the words of their written document was intentional, not inadvertent.
(**) We know precisely what those few and defined powers are because they are listed - in writing - in the document itself. Education is not on the list.
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