Michael Farris

Sanchez’s son Teo declined to repeat the slogan. When caught by the teacher for non-participation, Teo was asked why he didn’t want to recite the slogan. “Che is dead,” he said, “and I don’t want to be dead.”

“Ah, Teo,” the teacher replied, “repeat the slogan now, why make problems for yourself.”

So much for self-expression -- parrot the government slogan or find yourself in trouble.

Given the recent troubling episode of “Obama veneration” in the public schools, one can only imagine what this might foreshadow for America in the future. Case in point: the political organization committed to securing the ratification of the UN Children’s treaty in the United States, for instance, has prepared a curriculum that fully intends to use children to promote its political goal of adopting the treaty. Child indoctrination appears to be a core value of the internationalist’s creed.

To see what lies in store for the United States, turn to Cuba: less real free expression; nifty government slogans taught to your children.

When that day comes, Americans may mourn the loss of our American traditions of freedom. But look on the bright side, a UNICEF representative will undoubtedly praise us as a model of how to raise children.


Michael Farris

Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College, where he teaches constitutional law.
 
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