Virginia high school tells teen “remove American flags from pickup or lose parking pass”—mother removes kid from school. My school never told me to remove Goldwater bumper stickers from my 4 hubcaps

Posted by bubah1mau 10 months, 3 weeks ago to Culture
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Of course there weren't any "parking passes" back in my high school days, and my Goldwater bumper stickers weren't as flamboyant as the kid's large American flags. But who's to say he doesn't have the right to fly American flags from his pickup as long as they're secured and can't possibly injure anyone? What would they say about flying large "Pride" flags the same way?

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  • Posted by $ BobCat 10 months, 3 weeks ago
    I recall putting an '' Alons Avec L'Eau d'Or '' bumper sticker on my French Study Book in 8th grade. I got a lot of dirty looks from my French teacher, but that was all. Back in those days there existed something called Freedom of Speach.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 10 months, 3 weeks ago
      AuH2O was on my book bag.
      Possibly the last conservative in the senate.
      "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
      And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

      "Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good,
      are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me
      remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute
      power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.
      Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen.
      Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the
      emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our
      time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."

      “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to
      reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My
      aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to
      cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or
      that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover
      whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally
      permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I
      shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am
      doing the very best I can.”

      "Surely the first obligation of a political thinker is to understand the nature of man.
      The Conservative does not claim special powers of perception on this point, but he does
      claim a familiarity with the accumulated wisdom and experience of history, and he is not
      too proud to learn from the great minds of the past. The first thing he has learned about
      man is that each member of the species is a unique creature. Man’s most sacred
      possession is his individual soul—which has an immortal side, but also a mortal one.
      The mortal side establishes his absolute differentness from every other human being.
      Only a philosophy that takes into account the essential differences between men, and,
      accordingly, makes provision for developing the different potentialities of each man can
      claim to be in accord with Nature. We have heard much in our time about “the common
      man.” It is a concept that pays little attention to the history of a nation that grew great
      through the initiative and ambition of uncommon men. The Conservative knows that to
      regard man as part of an undifferentiated mass is to consign him to ultimate slavery."

      "In the main, the trouble with American education is that we have put into practice the
      educational philosophy expounded by John Dewey and his disciples. In varying degrees
      we have adopted what has been called "progressive education." Subscribing to the
      egalitarian notion that every child must have the same education, we have neglected to
      provide an educational system which will tax the talents and stir the ambitions of our best
      students and which will thus insure us the kind of leaders we will need in the future."
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