August 22, 2009
Large Nation Stricken by Stockholm Syndrome

Joe Bageant again. Read the whole thing here, and weep for the Republic.

The condition among adolescents makes me want to cry. Passing through school metal detectors are a part of life. Being subjected to a piss test to join the chess club, or sniffed by a German shepherd police dog while being lined up against the lockers along with the rest of the student body? Paramilitary terrorist drills in high schools and middle schools? A kid being led out of study hall in handcuffs? Don’t even think twice about it. It’s just the way it is. And, if I may ask, exactly what is it? Well, one New York state school board calls it “Parental freedom from fear.” The Columbine shootings provided the excuse to embed these things into society. Nine-eleven provided the authority to implement them anywhere and everywhere. So now it’s just the way it is…

But the world as it is understood by Americans now comes through many layers of distorted filters, most of them purposefully distorted for economic financial gain by one overarching entity or another. So much so as to be atomized, kaleidoscopically diffracted. One cannot identify even the simplest object through a kaleidoscope. Bedazzled, disoriented and detached from reality, we are rendered effectively blind — thus easily directed and managed. So we listen to the few loud voices to the many and disregard any dissent as background noise…

Just last month the government, by way of the highest court in the land, made a vitally important decision on behalf of the people of the United States. The Supreme Court ruled that public school officials cannot search the pubescent panties of a thirteen year old girl, on suspicion that she is in possession of Advil for menstrual cramps. (Sanford Unified School District vs. Savana Redding — Case 08-479). Redding, an eighth grade honor student when the case began in 2001, was almost out of college when it was finally settled. It took six years and Christ only knows how much in legal costs to make this profound decision. The decision was hailed by progressives as “a landmark victory for personal freedom.” One more new freedom for Americans. The right to stash an over-the-counter pill anywhere on your body you choose.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 22, 2009 10:35 AM
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At least we still have folks like driftglass too.

Posted by: Mike Goldman on August 22, 2009 11:50 AM

Please don't overlook the fact that they held not one liable and there was no accountability, i.e., punishment for such a violation of one's spirit and humiliation, absolutely NONE. That is a real resounding blow for freedom, one that will make any school administrator think long and hard before humiliating and degrading a student again. NO ACCOUNTABILITY WHATSOEVER! Good God almighty help us to grasp the absurdness of this court and our corrupt legal system in general. Thank you amen.

Posted by: knowdoubt on August 22, 2009 11:58 PM

Please make that read, "that they held not one PERSON liable," thanks.

Posted by: knowdoubt on August 23, 2009 12:03 AM
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