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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Children of the American Police State: Just Another Brick in the Wall



It’s difficult enough raising a child in a world ravaged by war, disease, poverty and hate, but when you add the police state into the mix, it becomes near impossible to guard against the growing unease that some of the monsters of our age come dressed in government uniforms. The lesson being taught to our youngest—and most impressionable—citizens is this: in the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, and your life is not your own) or you’re a prison bureaucrat (politician, police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, and so on). Then there is what kids are being taught in school. Unfortunately, as constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead makes clear, America’s public schools have become microcosms of the American police state, containing almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues us adults. Indeed, if your child is fortunate enough to survive his encounter with the public schools with his individuality and freedoms intact, you should count yourself fortunate. Most students are not so lucky.

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