A school teacher assigned projects to her students that required teams. Like all school assignments the projects had due dates. For this project, December 31, 2005, is the due date. It seemed that the teams would not make the due date because they could not agree on very much. She addressed the class as a group about working together in order to succeed. That approach did not work. So, she meant with the teams individually concerning the usefulness of cooperation. Still teams seemed doomed to failure. As a last resort, she decided to provide the class with an object lesson. She brought to class two bundles of sticks. She picked a team that was sure to fail because the members were always at loggerheads with each other. The team was told that if they could break the bundle of sticks in half. Saying that she would exempt the team from the project assignment, and give the team an ‘A’ for the project. Try as they would they just could not succeed. Next, she untied the bundle of sticks. She handed the sticks one at a time to each student. They were able to break the sticks with ease. Guess it could be said, that getting ones act together could make a world of difference. The goal of the project is to sunset the Patriot Act. Lets see if the students can succeed.
For this, allegory think of the nations citizenry as the ‘teacher,’ and the ‘government’ as the students. The government has two teams of students the executive branch and the congress. For reasons, the teacher understands.The students are not cooperating with each other. Over the renewal of the Patriot Act which is due to expire at the end of this month. This of course is cause for alarm among the student leaders.
We the teachers must give our students an object lesson concerning the Patriot Act. This is done by telling our elected students to allow the the Patriot Act to slip into the sunset. Never again to rise with the sun of a new day. It’s an important project. Seems that the students are a bunch of loggerheads meaning stupid fools. That’s the reason the country exists in a state of fear. Students know that they are the targets of the nations enemies. We teachers also know that we are not the real targets. But for vengeance sake, we may also have to pay the price of our students misdeeds. Somehow we must reign in our delinquent students. Turn them over to the proper authorities for justice. The World Court is not available meter out justice for these student felons. Wonder if the United Nations can help? Before it is to late, will our students seek the council of their teachers? Could be the only way to avoid another national tragedy. Teachers know that these students are responsible for tragedies around the world. Out of sheer fear our students need the Patriot Act. In order to shut down every ones liberty rather foreign or domestic. What it all boils down to is that the Patriot Act is all about self perseverance of the government. They present the Patriot Act like it’s for our safety. Can the students once again convince the teachers? Or, will the teachers announce enuf and flunk the students?
As we all know, governments are tyrannically. Every government is designed to serve it own self interest at the expense of most of the people under its jurisdiction. Liberty is a freedom that is very difficult for the people to secure. The start of our own American liberty dates back nine centuries and is still evolving. When in 1215 King John, of England, was FORCED to grant a collection of civil liberties known as the Magna Carta. One of those liberties was the habeas corpus. Which allowed individuals, to challenge detainment in jails in a court of law. Hidden in the renewal of the Patriot Act is something called the “Procedures Act” If this becomes apart of the Patriot Act, habeas corpus procedures would be drastically changed. The sponsor of this act is student republican senator John Kyl of Arizona. He wants to take habeas corpus procedures out of the hands of the judicial system. Place the habeas corpus procedure under 50 different state attorney generals who are basically prosecutors. When it comes to habeas corpus procedures those people will in the business of keeping people in jail. One never knows when misfortune will knock on ones door. Habeas corpus procedures have set many innocent people free. This Procedure Act has far reaching applications and must be defeated. Along with the entire Patriot act.
Another of our students Dubya that guy the Supreme Court illegally put in the White House against the vote of the majority of Americans. That guy, who is straight out a liar, is urging the students of the other team to come together and renew the Patriot Act before it sunsets.
Here are a few of his lies from his recent radio address. He said the Patriot Act protects civil liberties. It’s a lie! It purges many civil liberties. It guts most of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution, and will destroy decades of case law.
He said it was easier to track the phone calls of drug dealers than it was the phone calls of a terrorists. A lie! The ability track phone calls of terrorists exists under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The Prez said, before the Patriot Act it was easier to get the records of a tax cheat than those of an al Quadea bankroller. Not so! Government agencies could investigate al Quades bankrollers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Student Bush asserts that the government needs to “sneak and peek” without tipping off terrorists which can only be done through the Patriot Act. Another,”falsehood,” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the government ” sneak and peak” authority for both foreign and domestic suspects.
We the citizens of this country, as teachers, need to find a way to send our students in government an object lesson. Give us liberty not the Patriot Act. Work with the people and the country will succeed in accomplishing the project of liberty for all Americans before we miss the due date and liberty expires into the sunset. Never to see the sunrise of a new day.
In his last radio address on 10 Dec. 2005, concerning the renewal of the Patriot Act, the Prez said, “… to combat dangerous spread of methamphetaine abuse throughout our country.” What does drug abuse have to do with terrorism? Nothing! Someone needs to inform student Bush that ample federal laws exists to combat drug trafficking like Rico and the FISA. Then why refer to drug abuse as part of the Patriot Act. Simple. It scares parents and employers causing them to connect with the war on drugs. It’s a simple play on a theme that certain constituencies identify with. They’ll call people in the congress and tell them to vote for the Patriot Act. Thinking it will help eliminate the nations drug problems. It’s nothing but spin but it works. Our students use it all the time. Hope it does not work for you; as one of Americas teachers!
This writer is available to speak on the Patriot Act, or to write for your publication.