Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Do you remember when?

Memories....how sweet sad it is....this was sent to me by a friend.  I think it fits under the category of sad but true.


Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in
gun rack. *
1956* - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's
rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.
2006 *- School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled
off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.
Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.


Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after
school. *
1956* - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake
hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody
arrested, nobody expelled. *
2006* - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and
Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though
Johnny started it.


Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other
students. *
1956* - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by
Principal. Sits still in class.
2006* - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a
zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey
has a disability.


Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his
Dad gives him a whipping.
1956* - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal,
goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2006* - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy
removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is
told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused
herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom ha s
affair with psychologist.


Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache
medicine to school. *
1956* - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on
the smoking dock.
2006* - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug
violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.


Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.
1956* - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior
year at a special school for expectant mothers.
2006* - Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood,
who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over
and gets an abortion without her parent's consent or
knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful
next time.


Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1956*: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to
college. *
2006*: Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party.
Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that
teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist.
ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system
and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core
curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing
lawns for a living because he can't speak English.


Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the
4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle,
blows up a red ant bed. *
1956* - Ants die.
2006* - BAT F, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged
with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings
removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes
on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.


Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and
scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.
Mary, hugs him to comfort him. *
1956* - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on
playing. *
2006* - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses
her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.

What is wrong with this picture?  Can anyone say political correctness or government intrusion into personal lives? 


  1. We just got the news this afternoon that in the ND legislature there is a bill to outlaw lay midwives from delivering babies in our state! How do they think babies were delivered before people were brainwashed into thinking only MD's had the capability of doing it? What a sad world we live in. Good thing that God is in control.

  2. Lynn,
    I encourage you to call and speak with your representative - tell them how you feel - have your husband make a separate call - encourage others to call - it does make a difference. We must fight for our rights!

  3. We recently started re-reading Laura Ingall's book Farmer Boy as a family. My husband and I have been sharing memories from our childhood with our son. I remember wearing dresses to PUBLIC SCHOOL. We both remember when you could still get a spanking at public school for misbehavior. Schools certainly didn't teach children to turn their parents in for abuse because the parent had disciplined the child, etc.

    Our son has no memory of such a time! To him it is normal for a liason police officer with a drug-sniffing dog to be a regular part of the school staff! It's normal for extra police officers to show up in the parking lot at dismissal time in case any fights should break out.
    We never saw a police officer at school unless they were there to teach some type of safety rules to us kids!

    So certain aspects of Farmer Boy seem harsh, even outlandish, to our son compared to the world he knows. Whippings with an actual whip?!? Children not aloud to speak unless spoken to? Almanzo going straight to the barn to help with chores when he got home from school as well as having to do all that other work? Sacrilege in the minds of most of today's youth!

  4. Theresa,
    Such a great book! One of my boys favorites...I think it is the description of the meals and the fact that he could have as much desert as he wanted! It is a sad fact and amazing to me that the US has sunk to such a low level, so quickly and yet have it deemed progress!


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