Republicans want their presidential candidate to protect parents' rights in public schools by repudiating the offensive and impudent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision ruling that parents' fundamental right to control the upbringing of their children "does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door."
Since the federal government gives about $60 billion a year to public schools, Republicans want their candidate to promise to sign school appropriation bills only if they contain language to protect parents' rights to protect their children against such things as mental health screening; forcing schoolchildren to be put on psychotropic drugs; courses that promote Islam or homosexuality; nosy questionnaires about sex, drugs and suicide; and giving birth control to sixth-grade girls without parents' knowledge or consent.
Smart Republicans want their presidential candidate to reach out to Reagan Democrats by rejecting trade deals that are unfair to American workers and allow foreign countries to discriminate against U.S. producers and products by subsidies and tax-rebates. Republicans want to hear a presidential candidate's plan to get the United States out from under the hostility of the World Trade Organization, which has ruled against the United States in 40 out of 47 cases.
Americans want to hear whether or not their presidential candidate supports the "global economy," which forces Americans to compete against pitifully low wages, slave labor, and discriminatory practices imposed by foreign countries and foreign tribunals. Americans don't want to be patronized by being told that we must be more competitive with Chinese factory workers who are paid 30 cents an hour with no benefits.
Grass-roots Americans want their candidate for president to promise that the Security and Prosperity Partnership will not be a stepping-stone to a North American Union modeled on the European Union. Republicans expect their candidate to announce that he will never allow the United States to be economically integrated with Mexico and Canada, and will never allow the free movement of labor across open borders.
Most Americans want national leadership so that our economy produces good jobs that enable men to buy a home and a car, support their families, live the American dream, and confidently expect their children to have an even better life. We're listening to the candidates and waiting to hear them address these important issues.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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