The following is interesting on several levels:
First, contemplate the atrocious – borderline illiterate – construction of this instruction; the Cloverific short-bus cadences:
“That means you are a member of our country.”
“How can you be a part of giving back for the freedom you have?”
“Good citizens take part in their community… that you show love to your country.”
“Being a member of our country is a wonderful privilege.”
And here’s a sample from an adult Clover:
“Eric if you are afraid of a visual search outside your car then yes maybe you do belong in jail. I could care less. Yes Eric you are all for criminal rights. The innocent driver that just wants to get to where they are going safely is something you object to.”
“Eric there is no help for people like you that are mentally insane. I talked about a simple stop on a public highway with the police talking to you for seconds. Then you bring up a cop breaking into your house? Eric if it is not bad enough to talk to you in your car that you have to bring up something completely different to prove some kind of point then you need mental help.”
Italics added. Not that they’re necessary.
No doubt, EPautos’ resident Clover was exposed to primers much like the one above.
Remember: These documents are written by educators. Well, by government school apparatchiks. Manufacturers of future Clovers.
How is it that adults who’ve not yet learned to write coherently (let alone correctly) are in a position to “teach” children anything?
But, leaving aside the clear evidence of failure to master basic English sentence construction, there is the sinister undertow of the message itself:
“Rights are special privileges the government gives you.”
And which, being mere privileges, the government may also rescind at its pleasure. In one glib sentence, this document throws every precept of Western civilization in the woods. Your children are taught – told – that they have no rights. They’re merely permitted some things. For now. Subject to whatever restrictions and conditions the government – meaning, people who control the enforcement mechanisms of organized state violence – deem appropriate and acceptable.
These are the source of waters of random, probable cause-free stop-and-searches (and much worse to come). Of the defunct Second, Fourth, Fifth and various other amendments – which articulated sacrosanct, inviolable rights … not “special privileges.”
The latter leads to random checkpoints, arbitrary searches, peremptory seizure of persons and property without proof of guilt having been established in a court of law, the evisceration of due process generally, the presumption of guilt rather the innocence – and, inevitably, to outright murder of innocents. After all, why not?
The former – rights (and general insistence they be respected) is the one – the only – thing that can prevent all that by precluding all that. Which is precisely why the very concept of rights must the stamped out, most especially in the minds of the young.
“Laws are made to help you and keep you safe.”
And what if one prefers not to be “helped”? Nor to “help” others… at gunpoint? To be left alone – and to leave others alone?
Who gets to decide what’s “safe” – and by what right?
“Being a good citizen means obeying the law.”
Submit. Obey. Because obedience is the ultimate good.
Do not question.
Thus: I don’t make the laws, I just enforce them. Or, as the saying attributed to a camp guard at Treblinka put it: Hier ist kein warum.
There is no why here.
Do as ordered. Or else.
There are additional injunctions about not merely the obligation to pay taxes but that children ought to look forward to the day when they are privileged to pay them.
And they ask me why I drink… .
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