The Empire Strikes Again

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was a time in America when we weren’t afraid of our own shadows.
One aspect of that time was that schools in many parts of the country
had gun clubs – just like the chess clubs, glee clubs, art
clubs, and such. Children would bring rifles to school, and after
school hours participate in target practice and gun-safety classes.

Boy, does that seem like a fantasy today!

As an example of how being the rulers of the world has turned Americans
into frightened, whimpering, simpering, sniveling scaredy-cats,
this story from Missoula, Montana
. A 12-year old boy found a
broken BB gun on the way to school. The gun’s handle contained a
pipe for smoking drugs. He put the gun in his backpack and took
it to school with him. When the authorities became aware of this,
the boy was expelled from school for one year, ordered to undergo
regular urine testing, and required to attend anger management

Not only that, because of the federal Gun-Free Schools Act, he is
forbidden for one year from attending any government school in America.
(I didn’t say it was all bad.) I remember the politicians’ assuring
us in the 1960s that the newly enacted federal aid to education
law would never mean federal control of education. But any school
district that doesn’t respect the 12-month expulsion provision will
lose its federal funding.

(I also remember that the original Medicare bill said nothing in
the bill should be construed to affect the way a doctor or hospital
treats a patient.)

The Missoula story isn’t the only recent example of the way America
has become an armed state with unarmed citizens. In Clovis,
New Mexico
, the police were called, snipers were placed on school
rooftops, nearby streets were closed, and a school was in panic.

Why? Because an eighth-grade student brought a strange package,
30 inches long, to school.

It turned out to be a super-duper-sized burrito – created as
part of a school project.

9, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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