Wednesday, May 26, 2004

A couple of days ago, Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and one of the right wing's gray eminences, wrote about teachers who showed images of the Nick Berg beheading in class. If I read Weyrich correctly, he thinks we're kind of lucky that the beheading was recorded for posterity -- after all, the images might be just the thing to keep all of America's youth from turning into Cuban socialist gun-grabbers.

Or something like that:

...One of the students who heard the audio and saw still pictures, which didn't show the worst of it, said he had no idea such things like this went on in the real world. It is time he learned.

For decades now in many of our school systems, students have been shielded from reality, while a false utopian society was pushed in social studies classes, which feature all of the liberal constructs. Ah yes, the wonderful UN guiding us to enlightened world government where, to paraphrase a just-arrested drunk, "We can all just get along." ...

Guns are to be hated because guns, not people, kill. War is caused by the United States because we steal the world's resources. War can be avoided because the UN is ready, willing and able to bring peace forever more.

There is no need to worry. There is no effort to kill Americans for who we are. Right. Still, just in case we might be tempted to demonstrate our "learned male aggressiveness" and want to defend ourselves, guns should be confiscated -- especially in this country, of course. No need to confiscate them elsewhere.

After all, if we would just ratify the Kyoto treaty and scrap our capitalist free enterprise system, we would no longer be stealing the world's resources so no one would want to kill us any more.

Besides, it doesn't matter. We are all going to die from global warming anyway. Heard of Omaha Beach? Not that place of fame during World War II. No, this is in Omaha, Nebraska where the oceans will at last surround a narrow strip of land. Maybe, just maybe, we could save ourselves if we just adopted Socialism and turned over all governance to those beloved peace-oriented diplomats at the UN.

Peace is so comforting. Just ask those in a nearby cemetery. Freedom is so unpredictable. You can't always plan the outcome. Besides there are risks involved with freedom and risks are unacceptable in a utopian society. The one value we maintain is equality. Not equality of opportunity, but equality of result. In a Socialist world, risks are unnecessary because without freedom there is no need for such outmoded thinking.

If you doubt that such a utopian society can exist, then you need only look to Cuba, a mere 90 miles from our shores where in our textbooks the Cuban healthcare system is touted as a model for the world. This is the nonsense our youth are being fed....

There's no mention of gay marriage or gangsta rap, but I imagine they fit in here somewhere. Maybe they'll be the topic of a subsequent column.

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