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Outdated ideas

It looks like the next generation of Americans are finally getting over that "free speech" fad that gripped the country for 200 or so years. A survey of US schoolchildren has revealed that one in three believe the First Amendment goes "too far", Meanwhile, half of students believe that the government has the power to restrict any indecent material on the internet and newspapers should require government approval of stories for publication. This is in contrast with dangerously liberal views held by their pinko-coddling baby-boomer elders:
When asked whether people should be allowed to express unpopular views, 97 percent of teachers and 99 percent of school principals said yes. Only 83 percent of students did.

Eventually, though, the baby boomers will die away and America can complete its transformation into the new Sparta, all without anybody noticing that anything has changed. Or maybe it won't; perhaps this is not so much a trend as part of a cycle. I heard accounts of similar things happening during the McCarthy era (one in which someone once posted a copy of the Bill of Rights, without the heading, somewhere, attracting outraged complaints about "Communist propaganda").

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Posted by: billy http:// Wed Feb 2 16:18:01 2005

let me tell ya firsthand that american students are among some of the most ignorant folks in the world! all they care about are clothes and sports. and daddy's money. whenever somebody isnt like everyone else they get singled out and picked on, mostly! one kid i know got stuck in a room all day so they could "study" him, 'cause he was so wierd. He wrote a bomb threat on a garbage bag with lipstick and then they cancelled school for a day! this was in Boaz, Alabama.

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