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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Doesn't This Stuff Bother Anyone?

Aren't we supposed to be the people who dare defend out rights?

If so how do explain that, as reported by Between the Links, every Alabama representative has agreed to let the federal government regulate food labels in our state?

And why does no-one care that Montgomery schools are conducting random searches of their students? Here is one parent's observation:

"I had just dropped [my son] off after a doctor's appointment, and there were officers and dogs searching lockers and backpacks and clothing. Some students were patted down."

No warrant. No probable cause. No reasonable suspicion. Not even a hunch. You step through the school door, you shed your fourth amendment rights.

The congressmen don't defend our rights because they get paid to ignore them. As for the rest of us, things like random searches in schools train us from an early age that we should bow down and grovel before authority figures. We are conditioned to be servile.

I would be remiss if I failed to point out that the training in unquestioning obedience occured at Robert E. Lee High School. Make of that what you will.