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Frontiersman, June 1999
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They Might Have Been Carefully Taught
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe recent killings in Littleton, Colorado caused the usual perplexity about why such things happen.  In this case, the event seems to have been rooted at least partly in the intolerance that members of one student faction the "jocks" directed at the members of another student faction the Trench Coat Mafia.  Again, perplexity.  Why would they be intolerant of one another?  Don't they learn anything about history, current events, or the consequences of intolerance?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMaybe it isn't the students who are at fault.  When the Columbine students went back to classes, the school administration suggested that the remaining members of the Trench Coat Mafia should obtain private tutoring at home.  I thought the "precaution" was at least peculiar.  I hadn't noticed among those students that I saw interviewed any inclination toward violent revenge.  If there were students with such an inclination then they, and not the members of the Trench Coat Mafia, were the appropriate candidates for exclusion.  No amount of rhetoric about "their own good" will change the fact that the members of the Trench Coat Mafia were excluded from school not because of anything they had done, but because of what they are members of the Trench Coat Mafia.  Furthermore, the exclusion wasn't instigated by vengeful "jocks", but by supposedly mature members of the high school administration, who should have known better.  In my opinion, the decision was a bad one, with sinister implications.  A group of students was ostracized by the adults for reasons that are ultimately traceable to nothing more significant than the students' appearance.  The decision is ominously reminiscent of the student intolerance that originally sparked the violence.  It might provide a glimpse into the attitudes of the adults in charge and a clue as to why some students behaved with such intolerance.  They might have been carefully taught.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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  You've got to be taught to hate and fear.
You've got to be taught from year to year.
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear.
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people who's eyes are oddly made
And people who's skin is a different shade.
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late!
Before you are six, or seven, or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate!
You've got to be carefully taught!
You've got to be carefully taught!

From South Pacific
by Rodgers & Hammerstein
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Sad But True
from actual news reports, provided by Jeffrey Trunzer
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePrinciple Scott Skidmore, of the James Brooks Middle School, Midland, Texas, ordered 12-year-old Stanley Diaz Jr. to shave his face or be indefinitely suspended.  Stanley is being carefully taught.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


Teach Them Responsibility
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhen I was young, our parents didn't lock their guns away from us.  They taught us how to handle them.  I owned my first rifle by the time I was a high school freshman.  I still own it.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn my article Teach The Children Well (see page 2) I suggested arming the students.  That seems extreme by the standards of today's authoritarian propaganda.  However, any government powerful enough to keep guns out of the hands of children is a lot more dangerous than guns in the hands of children.  Therefore, ponder this alternative.  Marksmanship could be an elective in every school.  Any student could take it.  When a student became competent in handling a weapon, he could carry it anywhere.1
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSome of the best times that I spent with my father were the times that we spent shooting.  There's no reason to hide guns from children, or teach them that guns are evil.  Instead, supervise them and teach them responsibility.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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Adults, of course, should be presumed competent.

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Specialist
Sam Aurelius Milam III
Reprint.  Originally appeared in September of 1998.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThere are many improvements that could be made in the American school system.  However, I can suggest one that I believe would be more beneficial than most of the others.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThere isn't anything so specialized about high school subject matter as to prevent a reasonably intelligent and normally educated teacher from being able to teach any subject through the high school level.  A good text book and some preparation, perhaps during the summer, is all that would be necessary to teach a new subject.  A teacher could always call a technical specialist into the classroom, if that became necessary.  However, the real subject of importance to a teacher shouldn't be math, science, or literature.  It should be the students.  That being the case, I believe that teachers ought to become experts not just in particular subject matter, but in their students.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI suggest an experiment.  Some schools, instead of assigning teachers to specialties, rooms, or grade levels, should assign them to groups of students.  A teacher should start out with a group of students in the first grade and remain the teacher of those students throughout their entire course of study, through high school graduation.  Obviously, there would be students leaving and joining the group throughout its existence, but it would be the same group.  The continuity, stability, and trust provided by the arrangement might prevent many of the problems with children that occur today.  The education, in my opinion, would be superior to what we have today.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun

Teach The Children Well
Sam Aurelius Milam III
Reprint.  Originally appeared in June of 1998
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSo far this year, a few students have been killed in schools by their fellow students.  Though tragic, the number killed is fewer than were killed in a single raid by the FBI in Waco, and far fewer than are killed by other methods that are not so useful as propaganda.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI believe that these killings are being used as a propaganda bonanza by the "news" industry and the police state advocates.  Each group ruthless exploits the killings to promote its own self-interest.  However, we won't solve the problem by allowing ourselves to be stampeded into training children to live in a police state.  The pictures of students being herded through metal detectors, and of cops patrolling the hallways of schools, are more disgusting than I can describe.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI don't believe that such extreme and repressive measures are useful.  However, if people insist upon extreme measures, then let's try something that doesn't promote mindless submission to authority.  Maybe we could arm the teachers.  Maybe we could even arm the students.  I don't like the idea much, but anything is better than training them to meekly submit to a police state.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIf that's too extreme, then we should at least end the monstrous nonsense of mandatory school attendance.  It was never a good idea.  In the present situation, it's absolutely intolerable.  Again, the government has created a situation in which nobody has any choice and then used the resulting problems to impose additional repression.  The only beneficiaries are the "news" industry and the government.  The children would be far better off without such a free public "education".10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


Letters to the Editor
Sam,
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI hope you will continue to remind people about the downside of this national ID business.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI was just required to produce my Social Security number to register my truck!  By a state law that happened when I was not looking.  Ditto for a driver's license.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFor years, I have lived by the rules "Don't give your Social Security number to anyone who is not giving you money and don't show your driver's license unless you are driving."  It has been very complicated to live by these rules.  Ordinary people doing ordinary business feel you are a jerk because you are complicating their lives.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNow that the state has decided I can't drive without divulging my Social Security number, I am beginning to think the privacy cows are just too far out of the barn to get rounded up again.
Steve;  San Antonio, Texas
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I'll oppose the national ID system for as long as I can.  However, it's more than merely complicated to survive while defying a mandatory ID system.  It's dangerous and frightening.  I haven't had a Social Security number since June of 1984 or a driver's license since February of 1986.  Because of my principled opposition to (among other
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things) the national ID system, I'm faced with the possibility of starving under a bridge.  So long as I'm the only one taking such a stand, I'm probably going to lose.  I need other people doing the same thing, and invite everyone who reads this to join me.  Terminate all of your documentation, as I did, and refuse to cooperate with tyranny.  If that's too much to do, then you might consider contributing to my support, so that I can continue the struggle alone.
editor
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Dear Sam & Jan
15x5 Page Background GIF Image... And, yes, the President IS subject to CMJ, and has been since G. Washington!!....
Eric;  Tehachapi, California
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George Washington wasn't subject to the UCMJ, which wasn't enacted until May of 1950.  Regarding President Clinton, see the next letter.
editor
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Mr. Milam:
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe Uniform Code of Military Justice is found at Chapter 47 of Title 10, United States Code.  The first section is 10 U.S.C. 801.  There are many URLs that contain the U.S. Code including http://law.house.gov.
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Steve Epstein, Deputy Director
Standards of Conduct Office, DoD OGC
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Hi Sam,
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThanks for all the expressions through the Frontiersman.  Also finally got over to your web site.  Nice work.  Keep it up.  RE:  your article "Millennial Misinformation" I need to differ my opinion with you.  We are not counting years.  We are telling time or marking its passage.  Just as the A.M. starts at 12:00:00 the new year starts 12:00:00 January 1.  And the new millennium starts 12:00:00 January 1, 2000 as the one we are in started 12:00:00 January 1, 1900.  When January 1, 2001 rolls around, we will have completed one year (count um! then) of the new millennium.  It is a simple matter of time telling not counting in my book of rules on how to travel planet Earth for now.  The real question is "Why all the hype in the first place?"  Time was before Jesus.  We are really just making a big deal out of a christian thing.  But then any excuse to party is not a bad thing in most people's books.  Take care and keep writing it's in your blood.
Millie;  El Granada, California
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Dear Sam
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt first I to was upset that the Millennium will be starting in 2000 instead of 2001.  Then I considered:  1.  Jesus was actually born in 4 BC, so the 3rd Millennium has actually already started.  2.  The cultured Renaissance Italians spoke of the 1400's, the 1500's, rather than the 15th century, the 16th century.  3.  The sooner the 20th century/1900's end, the better.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe metric system is not better (morally superior).  It is more efficient (rationally superior).  You can't do modern science (e.g. space exploration) under the British system of measurement.  It's true that for measuring bulk/weight in manufacturing/agricultural production, it makes no difference whatsoever.  Only when a future society, as a whole, becomes interested in science not just a scientific class will it be practically necessary for everyone to think in meters, rather than in feet.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs I said, the US was founded by deists.  They were terrified at the thought of a Christian theocracy.  They knew that "modern" "Christians" completely ignore the teachings of Jesus, such as Matthew 6:5-6.  There are many problems with democracy.  I don't defend it.  Rousseau started from a democratic concept, for the sake of individual freedom, & ended up advocating a tyrannical state religion.  Democracy still needs non-democratic institutions, like the military.  There's no reason why soldiers can't admit they're gay.  Spartan & Roman armies thrived while accepting homosexuality.  But because adult Christian soldiers are in a non-democratic situation, the government military must provide them with chaplains.  No congressman has yet insisted that Congress follow Matthew 6:5-6.  It would make for an amusing debate.  But public education should not institute a religious practice contrary to Matthew 6:5-6.  It infringes upon the freedom of those few children who might take the teachings of Jesus seriously not to mention the agnostics.  The hypocrisy of school prayer, like the hypocrisy of public prayer by the buzzards in Congress, is not just an insult to atheists, it's an insult to Christianity too.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageEric is correct:  the racist fascism of Milosovic, the racist fascism of the NYC & NJ police, the racist fascism of the trench coat Mafia kids indoctrinated by CIA-backed Nazi & KKK organizations these are the trends of the moment.  Giuliani's repeated insistence, that people not express this truth, only belabors the obvious.
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Elliot;  N. Merrick, New York
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Why can't you do modern science (e.g.  space exploration) using the "British" system?
editor

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Any increase in repression
will be advocated by
reference to some worthy
cause.  The more worthy
the cause, the greater the
increase in repression that
it will support.
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Dear Buck
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Impoverished Single Mom
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Dear Impoverished Single Mom
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Acknowledgments
     My thanks to Kathy, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, for her contribution.
     My thanks to The Affiliate, of Vankleek Hill, Ontario for regularly printing reviews of the Frontiersman.
     My thanks to Sir Donald the Elusive for paying the production costs of this newsletter and for his additional contributions.

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