What it all boils down to is: I stopped being a sucker for lies that sound good.

Growing up, I was raised by mostly conservative parents but trained by the public schools, as are most people. Schools get kids for hours upon hours a day. Parents? Maybe 30 minutes. How can they compete? They really can’t.

I was fed a lot of crap about “fairness,” when it turns out that the concept of fairness, in practice, means control by the government. Life is NOT FAIR. If you don’t know that, you haven’t been living on earth. Now, equality under the law…now, that IS achievable…but I digress.

I can’t tell you that there was any one incident where I can say, “See, right there…that was when the indoctrination started!” but I CAN tell you I was told to not bring anything to school unless I had enough for everyone-even candy in my lunch. I was told to tell my parents how to vote on ballot propositions that would influence their taxes because they may not “understand,” told all about how to keep from getting pregnant in 9th grade (with a teeny blurb at the end of the section about abstinence), and shown how ridiculous the Constitution is because of prohibition. It was just like being immersed in anti-capitalism, anti-freedom, anti-questioning of power all the time.

Think I’m crazy? Try to display individuality in school. Go ahead. Let me know how that works out for you. Hint: there is detention in your future. We hear about “socialization, ” but that means being taught how to stand in line, be still, not question the teacher, do your homework, and stop talking out of turn. Useful idiots, like I was, churned out in record time!

I graduated with nearly straight A’s. I was an honor student. I was celebrated as having quite the intellect, and graced with several scholarships. And, I didn’t know squat, except how to regurgitate whatever the teachers told me. Regurgitation? That, I was excellent at doing, and I actually thought that it was intelligence.

I persisted in this ignorance for many years of my life. It’s how most of us do. Ask anyone on the street about the commerce clause and its effect on the federal government as opposed to the state government and they’ll likely say, “What do you mean by ‘state government’?” Ask them the real result of the minimum wage laws, and they’ll most likely say they are a good idea. Really? It’s a good idea to put people out of work in record numbers? (Get ready for the “deer in the headlight” look, or misdirected anger).

I just KNEW that the founding fathers thought abortion should be made legal. I had been told there was no mention of it in the Constitution, so that was PROOF, right? I was such an idiot, and was proud to show my ignorance, that I thought was my brilliance.

I was determined that all men were misogynists, that men and women can be THE SAME (not equal…the same), and that the traditional family was irrelevant. I was a moron who had never even thought to see if I was spewing nonsense. I thought that “the government” was nice, and “businesses” were mean. Basically, I never took the time to learn about either, yet claimed expert status because I had the tiniest bit of “proof” from my school books!

So, what made me “wake up”? Well, first, I fell into home schooling my kids. There was no good school system nearby (we live in the boonies, no joke), and my dad is all for home schooling though I had always said, “Gee, I could never do that!” like I hear so many say. Maybe they are right…but like true heroes, they are not born, they are made. I was made into a home schooling mom, and I did what I had to do. Turns out, I LOVE it. Go figure, huh?

Another thing was that I heard of a book called The 5,000 Year Leap. I thought I’d give it a whirl, expecting to not learn a thing (I was smart, remember?). Well, that book rocked my world! When I went to try to disprove what was in it, I failed…bigtime.

It was at that time that I decided that I had better 1. know what I believe, 2. know WHY I believed it, 3. had reality behind what I believed, 4. have the courage to throw out any idea that was false, and (the hardest) 5. adhere to the truth, even if I hated it. It was the birth of critical thinking in my life. I was 33.

This was, 5 years ago, when I began devouring information on the past (I’d say history, but that can be revised…I try to study what actually happened), economics, and the actual results of policies.

It was when I woke up, so to speak, and my journey led me to write a book. (You can buy it by clicking on the picture to the right of this post). So many in this country, even those who call themselves conservatives, don’t even know what liberty means, what America means, and what has happened to get us to where we are today.

Your job? Challenge your core beliefs, test yourself, ask the hard questions (especially, “What if I’m wrong?), read my book and The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. Then, wake up your neighbors. We have a country to save from our own stupidity!