(Ooh I’m going to get some flack for this one! Come on bring it on Neo-Con boy let’s have your best shot!)

The Americans have long since thwarted my attempts to understand the depths that they could sink to by uncovering yet more manure that they are happy to plummet through. I was however under the impression that at least the youth may bring a degree more hope. It appears I was largely mistaken. The BBC has published details of a survey conducted of 100,000 high school students. (The article is here.) According to the survey more than 30,000 felt that the 1st Ammendment went too far in its guaranteeing of the freedoms of speech, press, worship and assembly. However 83% felt people should be allowed to express unpopular views (Of 8,000 Teachers polled 97% felt unpopular views should be allowed to be expressed) So I can only assume that at least 25,000 of that 87% believe that you should be able to express those views unless someone tells you not to.

Now this is all pretty bad but there’s more 50% of those surveyed felt that newpapers should only be allowed to publish stories that have been approved by the government, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! That’s like 50,000 people. I’d be fucking mad if I thought 50,000 people in the whole bloody country felt this but to think it might be a proportion akin to a calculable percentage of the total population that doesn’t involve a decimal point is just astonishing. Around the same percentage, probably the same people believed that the US government had the right to censor the internet. Do you have any idea how much centrifugal force Tom Paine is now generating in his grave?!

I have decided that it is therefore necessary to declare Martial Law. I am now El Presidente, I am unsure how to proceed and whether I should place Rachel in charge, or airlift her to safety! I have decided that the camp at Guantanamo Bay is not nearly big enough to hold the numbers of terrorists and therefore the current inmates will be released. The new camp will be located on the mainland and will be called Texas, I am led to believe that not only will it be spacious enough to accomodate all the new incumbants but that many of the terrorists and those who fund them have already been moved there. The new Home Secretary will be Ralph Nader and Secretary of State for Defence Fidel Castro. Thank you for your attention.

El Barone Rojo

Song Of The Day – The Red Army Choir – The Internationale

Original Comments:

A visitor made this comment,
I’d be honored and thrilled if you’d take over, Baron. How soon can you get here???

comment added :: 1st February 2005, 19:34 GMT+01
Mark Ellott made this comment,
It’s worrying isn’t it how blindingly stupid people can be. One of these dolts was interviewed on Farenheight 9/11 and openly stated that freedoms had to be curbed for the sake of defeating terrorists. It seems the big lie technique is alive and kicking.
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comment added :: 1st February 2005, 19:48 GMT+01
moog made this comment,
its 1984…it always has been, and it always will be.
we are just lucky that we are not that gulible!!
comment added :: 1st February 2005, 21:24 GMT+01
Pimme made this comment,
I think it’s funny how principals believe in freedom of speech more than the kids do, unless we’re talking about the student newspaper…
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comment added :: 2nd February 2005, 00:42 GMT+01
Rachel made this comment,
Alas, your Thomas Paine reference is lost on today’s youth…More proof of the “Dumbing Down” of America. I don’t remember being THAT ignorant when I was in high school…What the hell is wrong with kids today?!
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comment added :: 2nd February 2005, 02:52 GMT+01
Danny the Infidel made this comment,
I have for some years been of the opinion that what was ones New England and some of the other north eastern states chould be put under Canadian rule, that Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Arizone and Califonia chould be given back to Mexico, that Louisiana, Missuri and so on be put under French rule, Alaska be given to Russia and that the remaning American states should all be given back to the native Americans. Of course Hawai would be turned in to a English protectoret under a Hawaian Queen.
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comment added :: 2nd February 2005, 20:22 GMT+01
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comment added :: 3rd February 2005, 15:39 GMT+01

Jen Tate made this comment,
oh man, that’s scary. pretty soon i’m gonna need my own country to be free in.
comment added :: 3rd February 2005, 16:43 GMT+01

Danny the Infidel made this comment,
Nema problema Jen Tate, we in Sweden still accept political refugies, and I think of Sweden as being rather free, as long as you make the taxman happy.
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comment added :: 5th February 2005, 17:53 GMT+01