When his parents found this sentence scrawled onto a piece of paper in their 4th grader's backpack, they could not believe their eyes:
"I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure."
The boy's classmates confirmed to his dad that they were instructed by the teacher to write this sentence, though the teacher is playing dumb and saying that the boy wrote this himself. Yeah right. I'm sure he'd think of that himself.
The real irony is that most public school teachers are Democrats. This reads like something Dick Cheney would make school children write. Then again, this happened in Florida, land of Jeb Bush.
Still I wonder if the teacher would have given this assignment to the students in 2004. And I don't wonder at all whether the progressive media and blogosphere would have jumped all over this in 2004; and I don't wonder at all whether they will now.
Can you hear the silence on civil liberties? On unchecked executive power? On wars and rumors of wars? On children dying in drone strikes ordered by the president? The sound of silence is DEAFENING.
What would you do if you learned that your child or niece or nephew had to write this in 4th grade as part of a school assignment?
Ron Paul homeschool curriculum anybody? It couldn't have come a moment too soon.