I hope you're sitting down because you're about to be lectured on the nuances of homeschooling and where things are headed in this country. I've been at this homeschooling 'thing' for well over 35+ years and I'd thought I'd seen it all until I encountered Barbara (not her real name and no offense to most of the Barbaras in the world). Barbara is your typical (if there is such a creature) young mom who was indoctrinated in the public school system. She thinks she knows it all and believes all the propaganda the mainstream media, television and movies have been spoon feeding her since her preschool days. Barbara is not alone. There are millions of Barbaras out there in America.
This particular Barbara likes to slink around other people's Facebook pages or groups and cherry pick information. Nothing wrong with that, you're all free to take it or leave it for whatever reasons. I do the same sometimes. In this case though, Barbara likes to give her rather ignorant and propagandized opinions about natural law, politics and parenting. Although, Barbara has 3 lovely children of her own, she wholeheartedly supports the murdering of the unborn and puts her money where her mouth is. She fundraises for Planned Parenthood. Not only that, Barbara doesn't believe in the 2nd Amendment and pushes for 'gun control', plus she is all for free speech unless it applies to others. Barbara feels empowered when she reports others in Facebook groups where she lurks but doesn't join. Barbara is what Barbara would call a Karen.
Americans (mostly in Democrat/RINO run cities on the west coast and in the New England area) have become fragile flowers. The slightest breeze of freedom and liberty makes them shudder and wilt. Yet, they're emboldened by their social justice warrior friends and don't understand why others push back against their views. They can dish it out but they can't take it. A handful of these snowflakes like to think that by raising hell with your Facebook groups and pages, it somehow makes their stance legitimate or justified. Well, they are WRONG!
Yes, I have had fans, groupies and followers for decades, some nice and some not so nice. Much of the time we can debate and defend our positions. Unfortunately, once in a while I get a Barbara who likes to throw out her opinion and if others (me in particular) don't agree, their recourse is to mess with your livelihood, your reputation or your family. You need to be tough in this world in many ways and I've had my share of battles, both physical and verbal. Are you tough enough to stand up for yourself? Your homeschooling? Your country? I sincerely hope you are because America is in a world of hurt right now and it's only going to get worse.
Barbara's children are very young and, to me, that would indicate she's a newbie to homeschooling. By her shutting me off from my homeschool pages and my many groups (including selling groups where members are simply trying to put food on their table or pay their rent), it only serves to hurt those trying to navigate their way through this thing we call homeschooling and life. I'm not allowed to answer their questions, share important links for them or be reached in a time of crisis. Barbara is being very selfish, needs to grow up, and needs to grow a thicker skin. Getting her panties in a twist over the truth about the natural laws of nature and how badly she's been brainwashed by her own schooling, isn't going to help her or others.
Look, I get it, you're all a little frustrated with the way things are going at the moment. The media and the politicians have everyone paranoid and wringing their hands. I'm not doing either and I haven't bought into their nonsense. I know why and how this country got to this point in time and I took precautions in order to lessen the impact on my family. I've been sounding the alarm for decades. Some of you listened, some of you ignored the warning signs. Some of you called me a conspiracy theorist or a nutter. That's okay. I expected it. However, I was not the only one trying to make it clear to you our country was headed for a massive amount of chaos and danger. Many of you ignored those voices too.
I truly don't have a problem with others taking their ignorance and frustrations out on me, and getting me thrown into Facebook jail every now and then. I'm used to being the whipping boy for the naysayers and knuckleheads out there, but my absence affects the livelihood and safety of others. When I'm not allowed to post, comment, or access my groups by the Facebook jailers, this impacts others who are struggling as well. If you think your butthurt actions don't affect others, think again. By the way, when you selfishly report my comments, no matter how rude or unjust you perceive them to be, you do not remain anonymous and Facebook actually hands over your information in order for your actions to be contested. It's best to keep your thoughts to yourself, grow a thicker skin, or go vent to your local bartender. Better yet, join in the banter because, you know, that pesky 1st Amendment free speech thing applies to everyone.
Stop being such a wuss or Barbara, and stop playing your 'victim' card everywhere you go. Some of us don't buy into your social justice warrior schtick. You show your true colors when you show up to a Vermont homeschool group and you're from the west coast, just chomping at the bit to make trouble. That must be a very sad life you are living if you've nothing better to do than troll homeschoolers. Usually, living WAY outside of Vermont is an immediate red flag but you're given a grace period because I sincerely believe most people are good and honest, especially if you have children. You'd be amazed at how many requests I get to join my groups and pages from the other side of the world, from people just wanting to sell their wares or family members.
So, when I get one or two oddballs that slip in just to cause trouble, I usually let them rant until they become such a nuisance to me and themselves, with their ridiculous logic, then it's time to put the brakes on their nonsense. You wouldn't believe how many times I've received physical threats from so-called loving and nurturing parents (not homeschoolers), crazed public school graduates or public school employees. I can take the abuse and, unfortunately, these threats go with the territory in today's world. People today are whacked, I get it, but I refuse to subject the rest of my followers to your weirdness and contempt for their values and hard work.
I'm a HUGE fan of my God-given and constitutionally backed rights. I don't like being censored and I take my free speech right VERY seriously. If you don't like what I have to say then simply don't listen, get the hell off MY pages or block me. If you choose to deny me my constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech, while flaunting your stupidity, you'd better be prepared to defend your actions. I took an oath to uphold and defend that constitution in 1973 and I've never been released from that oath. Yes, I'm an old war horse and proud of it. That's why I'm here to defend your rights as well but don't be an idiot, it's bad form.