Constitution Cowboy

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Police State Training/Indoctrination

I've come to the conclusion that ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES in our schools are meant more to indoctrinate our youth to a police state mentality than to protect them. I believe our freedoms and rights are being attacked with this policy. It is another avenue of incrementalism we all should pay more attention to.

Take note of how, step by step, the states and the federal government have attacked our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. First, it was 'no carrying arms in town', then the 1934 taxation and registration of machine guns, the Firearm Owner's and Protection Act of 1968, the The 1986 Amendments to the Gun Control Act, and then the 'Assault Weapons Ban' (AWB). That is how these ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES will eventually lead to the nanny state and the collapse of any adherence to the Constitution and its protection of our many rights.

Like the verbose of us who stopped the extension of the AWB, we all need to get to these school board meetings and voice our opinions as to the folly and societal damage these ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES present. When these elected officials refuse to do what's right, VOTE THEM OUT!

Woody

2 Comments:

  • Absolutely, Woody.

    I've heard Zero Tolerance Policies called by a more apt moniker: Zero Intelligence Policies.

    It takes out all thought and administrative discretion from the decision. It's a rubber stamp to get rid of "trouble" kids and more often those that aren't. They're sacrificing justice for the illusion of impartiality. I think originally it was a knee-jerk reaction to the oh-so-common expelling of Little Suzie Unpopular for sneaking in a cigarette behind the agriculture building between classes but letting Little Johnny Quarterback get away with getting drunk on the school bus ride home from a game.

    I can see its original good intent, but in reality it has proved to be anything but. Zero-tolerance policies are only one part of the growing police-state indoctrination you described. The others are school punishment for decidedly after-school and off-campus indescretions, roving police forces on campus who give anyone in the hall the "Papers, please" 3-rd degree, 8-foot fences, drug dogs, and the elimination of off-campus lunch hours...and that's just what I've seen in MY short lifetime.

    One other thing that bothers me is the way school policies are written. Take for example the dress code from the high school I attended. It bans all sorts of things like short skirts (bummer), "spaghetti strap" dresses, facial piercings, orange/blue/green dyed hair, and a host of other "distracting" fashions; but what kills me is the catch-all at the end: "and anything else the administration deems unacceptable" which can vary from administrator to administrator and from day to day.

    It's a convenient excuse to get rid of students they don't like for whatever other reason. Hell, I heard that recently if a student is caught in the hallway or in an afternoon class wearing something unacceptable, THEY AND THEIR TEACHER from their previous class who should have reported it will face punishment.

    It's only going to get worse, I'm afraid.

    By Blogger MobileSuitPilotX, at January 12, 2005 at 2:35 PM  

  • Justin,

    You hit upon another good point with this: "and anything else the administration deems unacceptable". Granting any form of power with no discretionary limits is nothing less than dictatorship. There are too many "regulatory agencies" in this country with such powers. One of the worst cases is the IRS. It comes out wit "rulings" and "interpretations" all on its own. A lot of the "powers" given or assumed by the IRS were put in place to thwort the likes of Al Capone and are still there. I don't believe there is one person in this country who the IRS could not find some "problem" with. I digress. The point is, I would rather see the Congress legislate the rules for collecting taxes and not rubber stamp the machinations of a bellicose agency.

    Woody

    By Blogger Woody, at January 12, 2005 at 9:35 PM  

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