We are not in Kansas anymore!
Often, we find that someone we expect to be an ally, has placed themselves in opposition to our method while maintaining the same goal as we hold dear. Much frustration arises as we struggle to understand why we must work at odds rather than working together towards a goal we both profess and seek wholeheartedly. This has become a common experience in working to protect parental rights in our nation from the threat of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is hard enough to fight against the treaty’s advocates, but to feel betrayed by fellow parents that argue blatantly against your plan of defense against the common foe. The need for a Parental Rights Amendment seems so clear that no one could possibly accuse it of being as dangerous as the United Nations’ plan for raising your children according to their values. However, a number of sincere and outspoken advocates for parental rights are doing just this. At first, this was both irritating and confusing. Then, the key to understanding our divergence was found and unlocked the mystery.
In reading their arguments, one finds good evidence and some good reasoning, but one must look for what is not there. There are several areas of evidence that weigh heavily in the debate which are left out. Suddenly, it is clear. They are operating under the past assumptions of law, society, and precedent. Their plans for defending against the government’s intrusion into family life might work under past laws and national settings. However, today, the vague laws of the past which allowed parents to slide through loopholes of ambiguity or hide in the shadows of vagueness are all but obsolete. The authors of the laws learned from their mistakes and are regrouping with sharper edges on the laws and harder to find loopholes. A simple request for proof of a legal statute in the past was met with authorities backing down as they had nothing to show. However, today, the authorities are coming with stronger laws that can be enforced. Hiding in the shadows will no longer work. Parents need a stronger law than the authorities and a constitutional amendment is just the needed tool to protect parents and their children from the government.
Let us not forget one other significant change that many of the anti-amendment types have overlooked. In the past, parents faced simple local and state laws. They were poorly worded as described earlier and being at a lower level of government, they were often easier to bypass or overturn. Today, parents face international law, forged in the meetings of international intellects and experts. The laws are crafted much sharper, extend further into the previously safe shadows, and leave no holes through which to slip. If that is not threatening enough, they are infiltrating our country through activist judges without any approval by American citizens or without any warning. New York state and Ohio have already witnessed such use of international law to judge against American parents even without any ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The hope of hiding should be clearly extinguished by now.
With these contemporary realities in mind, the need for the Parental Rights Amendment should be abundantly clear. The amendment protects against international law in our own courts by section 3 which says that no international treaty nor source of international law can supercede or modify this parental right. The amendment also protects parents in the international courts which follow the Vienna Convention of International Law where such language of section 3 affords similar protection. We are no longer living in Kansas and we must face the realities of what is before us as Dorothy did in the land of Oz. What worked in Kansas won’t work today as we face the United Nations and international law.
The information contained on these pages is intended to awaken you to the reality we face as parents today. Our nation is steadily marching towards the loss of freedom for parents to direct the education and upbringing of their own children. Please read carefully and share broadly so that as more and more parents realize the present danger, our voices can combine to put a stop to this insanity.