Senator Alfonse D’Amato Speaks to Homeschoolers

United States Senator Alfonse D’Amato served in the Senate for 18 years, from 1981 to 1999. D’Amato’s career was marked with a mixture of accomplishment and scandal, but it was 17 years ago today that he conducted the seventh longest one-man filibuster in United States history: 15+ hours. Seven years earlier in 1985 D’Amato conducted the second longest one-man filibuster in United States history- nearly 24 hours. His filibuster techniques included reading from the New York City phonebook for hours at a time to prevent a vote from taking place.

The word filibuster comes from the Spanish word filibustero meaning pirate. The Spanish word evolved from the French word filibustier meaning freebooter. In the legislative setting the word means to “pirate” the vote or “pirate” the conversation so that a vote can’t be taken. In other words- it’s a stalling tactic; a delaying technique.

Have you been guilty of any stalling or delaying tactics lately in your homeschool? Are there things you’ve been putting off, hoping they’ll just go away. They won’t. They never do. Getting the children’s eyes tested or hearing tested won’t go away. Setting aside a morning devotional time before school begins still needs to be done- even on the busiest mornings. Sitting down and talking with your husband about the upcoming financial needs for your homeschool this year won’t just happen unless you schedule a time- putting it off won’t get the money you need in the budget for books and resource materials.

Psalm 119:60 says, “I will hasten and not delay to follow your commands.”

Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, “When you make a vow to God do not delay in fulfilling it.”

Apparently the Lord doesn’t much care for filibuster techniques- when we employ delaying tactics in our lives. Talk with your children today about not procrastinating the things we need to accomplish. Make a list of things you may have been putting off. Ask your children to each make a list too. Now purpose together to begin systematically checking off each of the things on your “to do” list until they are all caught up.

No more filibustering to put off the inevitable. Begin today to get on with it.


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    carriejoy said,

    This has been on my mind. I started a list today (before reading this post) about things that my kids and I could do to improve our home with the things we ALREADY have and that we could do ON OUR OWN. No waiting for someone else, no waiting for more $$ to come along, no waiting to decide if this is a good place to put that money anyway.

    My son has started praying for a ranch. We look at property around the country for fun and for dreaming. But I keep coming back to the fact that we’re not willing to do what it takes with what we ALREADY HAVE. We “fillibuster” with all kinds of excuses: too tired, overwhelmed, not the right tools, no cooperation etc.

    I’ve started to pray for God to show me each day something I can do to IMPROVE our home, not just maintain it.


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