The Circus Is in Town

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wife and I home school our children until high school. I went to
the school to make sure that their names were not given to the military
for recruiting. The school informed me they were obligated by law
to turn over that information. That started a three-day search until
I found the opt-out information within the "No Child Left Behind
Act." When I informed school officials, they would not believe
it until they saw for themselves. They then consented to provide
forms from then on. That was last January, and since then there
has been a lot of information online about the military’s reluctance
to publicize the right to opt-out. Frankly, I think the option should
be to opt-in, not out. I wrote this in reaction.

The Circus
Is in Town

The circus
is in town
Looking for recruits
Promising the world
But hiding bitter fruits

From the
clown at the top
To the clowns in our schools
You’re led to believe
You’re not among fools

Trust them
trust them
You are assured
They would never lie
To an obedient herd.

Step right
Don’t miss your chance
The time is ripe
For a patriot war dance.

The hawks
want you
Take the bait and believe
The cause is just
For them to conceive

Rid the world
of evil
By shock and awe
They’ll burn easy
As if made of straw

They’ll never
We taught them a lesson
Generations provided
With a lasting impression.

Surely they
will thank us
When we’re all done
For the freedom we provided
At the end of a gun.

So take your
At the climbing wall
Impress the clowns
Like fetching a ball

Just think
just think
Your dreams can come true
Run off with the circus
Uncle Sam Wants You.

15, 2005

Knobel [send him mail],
the father of six, is concerned about an upcoming draft, and about
young people being lied into the military.

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