I’ve written previously about the lengths that the Nanny State, in their zeal to save us from ourselves, will take to homogenize the masses into a mindless horde of drones that looks to the wisdom of Project Group Think instead of allowing the individual to appeal to their own common sense. Schools, filled to the brim with impressionable little minds, are the best place for them to spread their gospel, and the commissars of “zero tolerance” have been hard at work lately:
In Columbus, Ohio last week, a principal suspended a male student–age 10–for the unforgivable act of pointing a “level 2 lookalike firearm” at another student. Why they’ve chosen to apply a level of gradation to the realism of a firearm is odd–it’s either real or not–but no matter. We’ll play along. So in this case, does “level 2″ mean a dart or airsoft gun, which don’t fire bullets but still fire projectiles? Nope. It refers to his finger. Pointed like a gun. Firing imaginary bullets. Figments of his imagination. Zero death toll. Says the newly-charged malcontent:
“I was just playing around,” said Nathan Entingh, a fifth-grader at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in a far northern section of the district. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
Well, you’re just wrong, little Nathan. You were allowed to “play around like this a lot” at your school. We can no longer have you heathens running around the school yard waging war on each other with your minds. You might somehow get hurt. Who do you think you are, a child?
But they were warned, says district spokesman Jeff Warner:
“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences. It’s just been escalating.”
Indeed. But what’s been escalating isn’t the children playing their pretend shoot ’em up games. That’s been occurring since time immemorial. What has become more apparent is that “zero tolerance” policies like this are in fact those of zero discretion. Seemingly good intentions have led to administrators being relieved of their grasp on reality, and the consequence of that is students being punished for actions that aren’t in fact harming anyone, except the paper thin sensibilities of their elders.
Normal childhood behavior is now verboten because it involves a “gun”, one that fires no bullets and only loosely alludes to a very basic shape of one. Worse yet, poor little Nathan must now miss three days of school doing something that twenty years ago was simply “boys being boys”. Congrats America. In an era when we need strong boys to will one day be strong men, they’re being molded by the brain trust to be wussies.
~In other news, President Obama released his 2015 budget earlier this week. In keeping with the theme of today’s title, there are (at least) two levels of stupidity to be found in it. Very briefly:
- If his budget were to become law–perish the thought–our total operating debt by 2025 would reach $25 trillion, about $8 trillion higher than we are now. In other words, the total debt accumulated on Obama’s watch would be roughly $15 trillion under this scenario. This occurs simultaneously with, and despite, massive tax hike proposals.
- Because the budget continues to run deficits, thereby causing the debt to increase every year, it obviously never balances.
Feel free to roundly ignore anyone bothering to tell you that they’re serious about the deficit, debt or fiscal stability right before they propose a 10-year budget that never balances. Ever.
In five years, Obama’s budgets have never garnered a single vote even in the Democrat minefield that is the U.S. Senate. Expect more of the same here.