By Israel Teitelbaum
Lost in the din of the Presidential debates is the historic opportunity for every American to end the discriminatory treatment against the poor, the middle class and religious families, regarding education. There is now a bill in Congress to restore to parents their human and civil right to send their children to quality schools of their choice, without having to pay a penalty.
Obviously, the ruling class, which includes most of our 535 Representatives in Congress, will not willingly vote to end this limitless source of money and power. This bill will only pass with the dedicated effort of concerned Americans who have had it with the corruption and perfidy that now permeates our government, and will respectfully demand equal educational opportunity for all.
Just the fact that Congress can stand by silently, with the vast media providing a protective wall of silence, while lives are destroyed in our nation’s schools, ought to motivate us all to dedicate a few precious minutes to call Congress (202-224-3121) to break through this wall of silence. Many have referred to this as “the civil rights issue of our time,” but this has not even made it into the Presidential debates.
In direct violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which requires “equal protection of the laws,” the poor and downtrodden suffer in substandard schools, and those who seek alternative schools, including all who choose religious schools, are forced to pay twice for education. Standing by silently, and allowing our Representatives to do likewise, renders us partners in this tyranny. Americans appear to be in a state of rage, but this crisis requires reason, responsibility — and most of all — action.
Every individual can help build support for equal educational opportunity by using their pen and their phone. All 435 Members of the House of Representatives and 34 United States Senators are up for election this year. As soon as they hear from enough of their constituents — regardless of party affiliation – that support for this is critical to their reelection, they will immediately sign onto this bill. This is not conjecture. This is Political Survival 101.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to Yehoshua Bedrick, a Chabad Chassid and graduate of the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey, who worked with Senator Ted Cruz to write the Education Freedom Accounts Act (S.2455/H.R.4426). Not only will this bill empower District of Columbia parents to provide their children with a quality education, it will also serve as a model and trailblazer for all 50 states.
Cruz has been a longtime advocate of school choice to address the crisis in education, and lists it among his ten most important priorities to restore America to its former greatness. He stands alone among all the Presidential candidates to be spearheading this effort.
Bedrick, a School Choice Policy Analyst at the prestigious Cato Institute, was inspired by a Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, z.y.a., of 12 Tammuz 5741 (1981). The Rebbe addressed the Public School crisis at great length, referring to “a constantly growing darkness,” resulting from the removal of faith from the schools by a United States Supreme Court ruling in 1962. “Only several short years ago, no one could have imagined that such shocking events would occur as has occurred over the past year between man and his fellow and among the seventy nations.”
The Rebbe explained in great detail how the removal of the most critical element of education — “an eye that sees and an ear that hears” – has lead to major strife and a breakdown of society. “When one looks at the world, one sees the coarseness and materialism at every turn. Whereas the world’s higher and finer things, the design within nature, requires reflection. One must lift one’s eyes above to recognize that this is all Hashem’s handiwork and to appreciate how great and abundant are Hashem’s wonders.”
This year’s election provides every American the opportunity to turn our country back to the path of faith, equality and justice, including our Divine right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We need not wait until the Primary election comes to our state. We can influence our Representatives in Congress every Monday through Friday.