Who Bought the Farm?


Corrupt government officials meddling with facts and family 


by: Kathy Lerich


Unless we are living completely off the grid, chances are we heard about the recent plunderings of the US Department of Labor under the current administration regarding “children and farm chores,” and its adverse mockery on the American way. Proposals are regularly trotted out to the American people to see how they might be perceived, and if the feed back is “not-good”, back they go. Since embittering voters against them (right before an election) rarely cultivates the desired results, a clumsy about-face ensued, led by Obama and his best second guessers.


The first plunder released from the US Department of Labor can still be found on the Daily Caller stating child labor laws would apply to children working on family farms and prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own family’s land. Under the rules, most children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.” “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “…would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”


Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis with the US Department of Labor, first proposed new regulations August 31 that would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course. (That’s code for even more uncaring and untrained federal bureaucrats living off of the taxed enough already American tax payer.)


The US Department of Labor has now removed the link to the originally proposed legislation, and in its stead dwells a watered down version stating the proposed regulatory change would not affect people working on neighbors’ farms doing chores. Nor would it mess with 4-H or FFA. The change would only affect young people who are in an employer-employee relationship.


This unorthodox legislation crosses the line, into the realm of where the government should NOT stick its meddlesome protuberance legally, and we would do well to ask why this has become important to those housed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Regardless of the reasons we are spoon-fed, the plan is to eventually outlaw children from working on their own family’s farm, and Ellwood Cubberly holds the clue in this instance.


In his usual “hone it down” form, John Taylor Gatto provides significant insight through the 1934 edition of Ellwood P. Cubberly’s “Public Education in the United States” foreshadowing the unraveling of today’s American family through these portentous passages, “It has come to be desirable that children should NOT engage in productive labor. On the contrary. . . all recent thinking. . . [is] opposed to their doing so. Both the interests of organized labor and the interests of the nation have set against child labor.”


Big government purposely extends childhood as a means to disregard those crucially prime years wherein children begin the implementation process of the individual inside them God is calling them outwardly to be. If our children are purposely detained at that critical time and trained to become employees instead of free thinking entrepreneurs like Ben Franklin’s or Thomas Edison’s, they become putty in the hands of social engineers who will, in turn, freely exploit and subordinate them into any number of cookie cutter factories in our beloved Republic.


John Taylor Gatto sites in his book, The Underground History of American Education, Revised edition, 2006, that the comments from Mr. Cubberly were taken from a section called, “A New Lengthening of the Period of Dependence.” Therein Cubberly explains that, “the coming of the factory system” has made extended childhood necessary by depriving children of the training and education that farm and village life once gave. With the breakdown of the home and village industries, the passing of chores, and the extinction of the apprenticeship system by large scale production with its extreme division of labor (and the “all conquering march of machinery”) an army of workers has arisen who know nothing.


In regards to schooling, a British evolutionist, Benjamin Kidd in 1918, spelled out the goal for American educators which is to “impose on the young the ideal of subordination.” Worse still, they are trained to “compete for favor of management,” which means they are vying for popularity instead of the intrinsic value of what motivates them.



Please take note of the reason for the withdrawal of the US Department of Labor ruling of banning farm chores: Update, April 26,2012, 7:55pm: CITING PUBLIC OUTRAGE, the Department of Labor has withdrawn the controversial rule making proposal described in this article.



Friends, this assures us that our outcry makes a difference! Corrupt government will back down if we stand together and say “NO!” There IS power in numbers and there’s power in ONE.


Arthur Calhoun’s 1919, “The Social History of the Family”: Calhoun declared the child was passing from its family “into the custody of community experts.” While written in nineteen hundred nineteen, we see that it most definitely is.


The Mayor of New York City from 1918-1925, John F. Hylan, (1868-1936), nicknamed “Red Mike,” stated in the early 20th century, “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as ‘international bankers.’ This little coterie… runs our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen…[and] seizes…our executive officers… legislative bodies…schools… courts… newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”


What We Need to Know: The US Government has been planning to change our beloved Republic into a socialist nation and the plan is unfurling accordingly. The plan is to remove the processes of thinking dialectically. The plan is to remove academia; change values, remove apprenticeships, and remove every means of working with real issues of making a home, or farm, or business run effectively, so that the “march of machinery” can be sought more fully instead. The Government will present deceptive laws to us on a regular basis. We can shut them down with our OUTCRY, or, we can allow it to happen. The burden is ours. Does God in any Bible story tell his prophet or man, “You know, just go on home and chill in your easy chair; I’VE got this.” Or, does He not say, “AM I NOT SENDING YOU?” NOW is the time to stand. Let’s stand together for our children’s future. Until your posterity are poised to secure the blessings of our liberty, THINK GOD. THINK HOME. THINK YOU.

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  3. Dr. Benjamin Rush, talking as if he were alive today: “I cannot but suspect that the fashionable practice of rejecting the Bible from our schools has originated with Deists. And they discover great ingenuity in this new mode of attacking Christianity. If they proceed in it, they will do more in half a century in extirpating our religion than Bolingbroke or Voltaire could have effected in a thousand years.” It is a proven historical fact, that the earlier our children begin to embrace the ethic of working towards a goal, the better citizens (and entrepreneurs) they become. What Father doesn’t remember the “little guy or gal” walking behind him with his own little mower as Dad cuts and trims the yard? Remove the tenets of the Bible and its obvious work ethics, and you have the basis for socialist Marxism, which of course, is in direct conflict with GOD. God’s first commandment to Adam “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it … And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Government intruding upon and against God’s commandments for His Creation, is an abomination to Him!!
    Another fine piece Kathy – well done!!

    • Listening to a broadcast concerning Voltaire the other day, wherein the French atheist, Voltaire (1694-1778) boasted, “that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth.” Voltaire died in 1728, but it is unmistakeably, the Bible that lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society purchased one of his former houses in France and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.

      It joyfully reminds me Isaiah 40:8 that “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” and to that I would add, “Voltaire…not so much.”

  4. Kathy, thank-you for your insightful article! I grew up in rural Ohio and I began at the age of 11 or 12 to hire on with local farmers during the summers. It was a great way to earn a little cash. We were not destitute, but Dad and Mom worked hard to make ends meet and this was a way my brothers and I could help contribute. (We had our own chores at home, as well). Even back then, in the 60s, there were laws saying children under 16 couldn’t be hired by the farmers, but they were mostly ignored. After all, most of the local law enforcement and judges grew up in rural settings, too.
    It was those years which gave me my sense of values, taught me the importance of an honest day’s work for an honest dollar. You have had to live it to appreciate the expression, “Make hay while the sun shines.” The farmers were people who reinforced those values given me by Mom and Dad. In all those years, with the exception of a rare individual or so, most people were God-fearing folks who understood and saw the Hand of God in their daily lives. I have fond memories of them, most of whom have gone on, reposed in our Lord. This sense of closeness, of shared happiness and loss, I fear would be forever lost in this march to State-instilled values.

    • Daniel, Thanks so very much for your sharing. I couldn’t agree more to the importance of family life and chores being an intricately woven part thereof. It is a true builder of character, which is so very entwined with whom God calls us to be.

      And I agree that all this preciousness of God ‘disguised as chores’ could so easily be lost. Let us forbid it happening on our watch to the best of our power through God in us, to fight morally and ethically, that which we hold sacred.


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