Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Yet Another Thing They Do Better Than We Do

I thought I had a really great idea. One of the suggestions I made here was a way to get kids more involved in the DNC:

Why just target highschool kids? Start 'em young, when they're learning about the colonial era and pumped up about patriots and freedom. I know that if the DNC backed me up I could get together a group of local progressive homeschoolers to form a "Democracy Corps." or something. They'd just have to give a little direction and some donkey t-shirts. It'd sort of be like the girl scouts, only with fewer cookies and more constitutional law.

Well guess what? The Christiantonians thought of this already. Behold Generation Joshua, a "civics education" program for homeschoolers run by the Home School Legal Defense Association. (HSLDA is run by Michael Farris, one of the signers of that infamous call-to-theocracy, the COR Manifesto.) Generation Joshua's director is Ned Ryun, son of Congressman Jim Ryun of Kansas. (What IS the matter with Kansas, anyway?)

GJ members get to participate in an online civics curriculum, chats with folks like Representative Ryun and David Barton of Wallbuiders fame and a connessiuer of truly horrible cowboy shirts. (Barton was the guest on Believer's Voice of Victory every night during the RNC and I tuned in just to witness the red, white and blue with mother of pearl monstrosities.)

They also got to participate in a little hands-on learning this fall:

The Student Action Teams, run thru HSLDA’s Political Action Committee, will be an opportunity for Generation Joshua members to put into action their stewardship of this great nation. The last week of the general election, starting October 27, 2004, teams of students will begin campaigning for pro-life, pro-family candidates who have been surveyed and endorsed by HSLDA PAC. Generation Joshua members will be given preference in participating in these teams. There are no additional costs for Generation Joshua members to take part in the Student Action Teams. All travel expenses, food, and lodging will be covered for those participating.

So how about it Dems? You ready to put the power of homeschoolers to work for you?