posted on Sep, 19 2008 @ 12:01 AM
This takes my mind back to the 'good old days' of bomb drills in the schools. I remember sitting under the lockers in the hall, curled up in a fetal
position with my hands over my head, waiting for the world to vaporize. I remember it because it scared me.
Now, today, we have another doomsday scenario: terrorism. And today, just as in days of yon, we have to make sure the children know all about it.
Sure, I doubt they are sitting in school halls with their hands over their head, but now they are being exposed to the danger another way: through
friendly muppet characters that have been a staple of children's TV for many years.
It is said that to control the hearts and minds of a people, one must control the hearts and minds of the children first. This is true. And what
better way to control the hearts and minds of the children than to use a happy face on a muppet. Grover wouldn't hurt anyone, now would he? Grover
wouldn't lie, surely. But Grover might say what the Department of Homeland Security tells him to say...
In short, this could go either way. It could actually be a good thing, showing children what to watch out for and what to do if there was an
emergency. Or it could easily turn sinister, becoming a tool to indoctrinate children right under their parents' noses. It depends on how much one
trusts the Department of Homeland Security. Now let's examine this organization:
It operates under the Patriot Act, IMO the single most unconstitutional piece of legislation ever dreamed up by men.
Thanks to the DHS, we hear stories regularly about how little old ladies are being strip searched and how operatives are successful in planting fake
bombs in airports in the meanwhile.
American trucks are regularly stopped and searched under the Patriot Act, while Mexican trucks are allowed to cross the border unchecked and rife with
safety and regulatory violations. Even after Congress specifically stated the cross-border pilot program was to be ended, it was continued in denial
of said Congress by Mary Peters, head of the USDOT, which is a section of the DHS.
Two border guards named Ramos and Compean are arrested for shooting at a known drug smuggler from Mexico, in perfect compliance with their job duties,
then are railroaded into jail using the paid testimony of said drug dealer, who was not only given free reign to return (and sell more drugs), but was
also allowed access to the evidence during the trial by the main prosecutor for the DHS (Johnny Sutton).
The above actions give me little faith in the good intentions of the DHS. So while I must admit that, on the surface, this appears to be a wise move,
my suspicion is that the wisdom inherent in it lies not in protecting children from terrorism, but in furthering an agenda that denies liberty and
freedom to law-abiding Americans.
Scratch one more children's show that parents can safely allow their offspring to view. What's next, Bugs Bunny asking kids to let him know where
their parents keep their guns?