When I was growing up, my father was an itinerant worker in that we moved around a fair amount, from small town to small town in the South. During those years, Strom Thurmond was busily courting Northern companies to come down South and because my father was an engineer with a local utility, managers who were engineers were needed in different areas to build out the electrical infrastructure for the new factories moving into the South.
In one town we lived in, Allendale, South Carolina, I joined the Cub Scouts, a nice group of boys whose den mother was the wife of a local lawyer. However, when we moved to another town my parents wanted me to join the Boy Scouts there and at the first meeting upon arriving, I found boys beating other boys with belts and that was the end of the Boy Scouts for me.
However, I still had good memories of my previous years spent at the lawyer’s house doing crafts and on trips we'd make out of town, like the time we visited a television station in a distant town and I was chosen to be the TV poster child for the milk company by tasting the milk on a television show and giving my opinion. I don’t think they were happy with this seven year old’s answer: “pretty good” — however the milk we had at home was as close to raw milk as it gets so the city milk they were having me taste me wasn’t up to my local standards at that time. It didn't help that the next kid picked got to try the ice cream, but I suppose I had the healthy look that milk producers wanted. So my memories of the Boy Scouts were largely positive in my youth.
However, I don’t recognize the Boy Scouts today as it appears they’ve turned into an American version of the Nazi youth in their Explorer program according to this New York Times article. A short quote from the article follows. Now go read the rest. Can you think of anything more sickening than darkening the minds of our youth by indoctrinating them into ideological fascism that many will live with for the rest of their lives?
...[T]he more than 2,000 law enforcement posts across the country are the Explorers’ most popular, accounting for 35,000 of the group’s 145,000 members, said John Anthony, national director of Learning for Life. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many posts have taken on an emphasis of fighting terrorism and other less conventional threats.
“Before it was more about the basics,” said Johnny Longoria, a Border Patrol agent here. “But now our emphasis is on terrorism, illegal entry, drugs and human smuggling.”
The law enforcement posts are restricted to those ages 14 to 21 who have a C average, but there seems to be some wiggle room. “I will take them at 13 and a half,” Deputy Lowenthal said. “I would rather take a kid than possibly lose a kid.”
The law enforcement programs are highly decentralized, and each post is run in a way that reflects the culture of its sponsoring agency and region. Most have weekly meetings in which the children work on their law-enforcement techniques in preparing for competitions. Weekends are often spent on service projects
One commenter at the New York Times slyly asks a question that might very well lead to litigation against the Scouts and police agencies involved in this “training”
There is no mention of gays being allowed to participate in this program, contrary to Boy Scout policy? If gays are not allowed to participate, or even encouraged to participate like everyone else in this program, it’s illegal for a dime of state or federal funds to be spent on police officer time spent in support of this program. As it should be.This being the case, I assume all police or other law enforcement time and resources are donated and have no impact on tax payers?
Posted by Buck Batard at May 14, 2009 08:37 AM