Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.
Great quote, huh? And especially apt in that he’s one of Nicole’s idols.
So let’s talk a little bit about setting examples. Nicole and Joe “unschool” their children. This is a vague, amorphous idea that can encompass anything from allowing the child to explore whatever subject(s) he wishes on any particular day to doing no schooling whatever of any sort. My guess is that the Naugler type of unschooling comes closer to the latter than the former.
But, regardless, we all know that children learn from the examples and role models they see around them. That’s how they learn to talk, by mimicking the language spoken to and near them.
Before I go any further, I want to make something clear because I’m sick and tired of reading Nicole’s bullshit about this. I am not now, nor have I ever, targeting her children. I do not use their names. I obscure their faces. I will not allow any discussion or speculation about any of the children. Frankly, I don’t know all their names. I couldn’t tell you their ages. I’ve even gone so far as to refuse to engage one of the older kids here because he’s still a minor.
This blog is not about the Naugler “family.” It’s about Joe and Nicole Naugler, the two adults, who are scammers and grifters. That’s what it is about. Because they have children, and because they use their children in their scamming operation, it’s impossible for me to ignore the fact that those children exist, but that’s the extent of my involvement with their children.
Nicole has told us that the children know all about the negative press the adults get. If they do, that is entirely because Joe and Nicole have chosen to enlighten them.
And one other disclaimer: this is about guns. Again. Politically, I lean so far left that if you pushed me a little, I would fall over. That is not a secret. I do not apologize for it. I don’t like guns. I am in favor of strict gun-control laws. I would like to see the 2nd Amendment repealed. I know other people (even other liberals) disagree with me on this issue vehemently. That’s fine. I also know that currently the 2nd Amendment has not been repealed.
So, this is not about “guns bad.”
It’s about a bad example. It’s about bad “unschooling.” It’s about making very poor choices. It’s about sowing discord and possibly reaping disaster, to use a biblical metaphor.
Nicole hates the police. That is not a secret. She posts hundreds of anti-police memes and links to articles and comments on her various Facebook pages. The number goes up, it seems, whenever she feels especially threatened by any authority figure of any sort.
She not only doesn’t like the police. She doesn’t like things like licensing, or traffic laws, or anyone telling her what she can or cannot do. Period. It runs the gamut from getting a license for her business to filing a tax return to fencing her livestock, and now the big drama is about shit.
The Nauglers are faced with the Health Department’s notice that they are going to have their property tested for raw sewage. I have been asking one simple question for months now: what are they doing with the contents of the white buckets? The answer, repeatedly, has been a very vague “we compost our shit.” Apparently, the Health Department agrees with me that the answer isn’t good enough, so they are investigating.
This, of course, is enough to give Nicole hives. And she has taken to Facebook to explain how terrible it all is and also to make some veiled threats.
Uh, no. Nicole, I cannot just willy-nilly haul you into court. I can do what I have done: blog publicly. You don’t get to hand down either/or demands.
Get what she’s saying here. Joe would kill me. KILL me. For blogging. This is a man who has been convicted of menacing behavior. He came to my Facebook page and threatened me with legal action for expressing my opinion. This blog wouldn’t exist if he hadn’t done that, by the way. So, yes, I am mildly afraid of him.
Apart from the fact that Nicole has no idea what the 4th Amendment entails (authorities have full legal right to access your property any time they wish to do so, just like traveling salesmen can come to your door without being shot), notice that she’s saying that they will very likely create a “huge scene.”
But we already knew that.
So in typical Naugler fashion, she deflects. It becomes all about how “people” are “stalking” her. They’re taking photos of her property. Actually, it seems that one person did that. I have no idea who. It certainly wasn’t me, since I was in Europe or the Caribbean or someplace when this happened.
And this is causing her “family” alarm. Why? How? By “family,” she’s suggesting that her children are frightened. Why would they be? Frightened because somebody drove past their place and took a few photos, and not even any photos of any people? Were they even home when this happened? The person didn’t come on their property. How could the “family” be “alarmed” by this?
I’ll tell you how. They could be alarmed if Joe and Nicole alarmed them by hammering it into their heads that there are bad people out there trying to get them. Bad people. And that the police are some of those bad people.
The result is that Outside is menacing. There is no help to be found Out There. So, when the Health Department wishes to inspect their sewage situation (as the Health Department has a legal right to do), they join the list of Bad People Outside.
And you have to learn to protect yourself from Outside.
Right in the middle of all this drama, with the Health Department ultimatum and the supposed drive-by “stalking,” and the dozens of memes and articles and complaints about the police and how evil they are, we have this nice video of one of the children shooting a rifle.
I had no idea what this gun was, so I asked. It’s apparently a fairly high-end, expensive rifle. According to my source, it would make a good hunting rifle. It’s desirable, supposedly (I don’t find any of them desirable, but that’s not the point). Rounds for this gun cost about a buck a shot.
These are people who live in a garden shed. They don’t have running water. They don’t have a kitchen, or bathing facilities. They could pack up their possessions in probably less than an hour. To call them poor is an understatement.
But they own (I suppose they own it) an expensive rifle and they spend one dollar per shot teaching their children to shoot.
It’s not about whether it’s a good idea to teach children about guns. We could discuss that forever. Is it a good idea to teach a child to drink alcohol responsibly? Is it a good idea to arrange for a child to have sailing lessons? What about horse-back riding? Or piano lessons? Those are all judgment calls. The answer in every case is: It depends on your circumstances.
A child growing up in rural Idaho probably doesn’t need sailing lessons, but learning to ride horse-back might be a good thing. A parent raising a child in Nantucket might consider sailing lessons an absolute life-saving must.
My concern here is example-setting and priorities. The child in the video is learning that spending lots of money on guns is a good thing, but spending money on education is a waste. Spending money on a toilet is a waste. Spending money on a kitchen is a waste. Maintaining a clean environment is a waste. Strewing trash everywhere is fine (and Nicole, don’t pretend that your property is not trashy and that it’s not your trash).
Spending money on expensive guns and ammunition is a priority.
The question is why?
The answer is that the evil Outside is threatening.
Those children are not learning that you use guns to hunt. They are learning that you need guns to keep away the Outside.
First, and to repeat, your children are not being targeted. You are.
Second, the second highlighted segment is directed at me. It’s ridiculous, but it’s also informative. Nicole believes that whatever your children do later in life is directly a result of your parenting. If your children do well, you were a great parent. If your children make mistakes, you were a bad parent.
This is fallacious, of course, but that’s not the point.
The point here is that she strongly believes that children learn from their parents’ example. I’ll be interested in seeing how she feels about that as her children grow up. Will I hold her to the same standard she uses for me and everyone else who is critical of her?