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 by Ed Donath

2/24/17


Tolerance via Zero Tolerance


Who dictates matters of Political Correctness? It's the same old crowd of hypocrites whose double standard allows them, now, to buck the duly-elected establishment in any way they deem "necessary." Rules are meant to be broken unless you happen to be part of the conservative minority which, thankfully, no longer exists. Leftists can use sharp objects, fire and violent vandalism -- even on the campus of a public school or university at which enforcement of Zero Tolerance is demanded for nail files and Leatherman Tools. Let's revisit a rant originally presented here on July 7, 2010 when lefties were OK with their prez...


If theLeatherman Tool Not Welcome At School!y had Leatherman Tools when Baby Boomers like me were in elementary school, we would have begged our dads to let us borrow them so we could bring them to class for show-and-tell.  With no more than a warning to "be careful with the sharp attachments" our teachers would have passed the Swiss Army Knife-on-steroids around the room, allowing each student to get some hands-on time with the marvel of the day. 

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Back then, those who brought their fathers' potential weapons to school for educational purposes would have received attaboys from their teachers along with, perhaps, the awarding of a few class participation brownie points, as well.

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Today, if a student is suspected of possessing a Leatherman on campus, his school will be locked-down and a SWAT team will roll up to sort things out.  Under PC's Zero Tolerance Rules, possession of a Leatherman could be punishable by expulsion -- even for a first offense by an otherwise exemplary kid.

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Then:  "Hello, Mrs. Donath this is the school nurse.  Edward is complaining of a headache (nurse turns away and whispers: "He probably just wants to get out of taking his math quiz...) but he has no fever and I'm going to send him back to class.  Just the same, do I have your permission to give him a St. Joseph's aspirin?  At least he didn't soil his underwear like that other kid did to avoid taking a test." 

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Now:  It's OK to send your kid to school dosed-up on Ritalin but if you pack a Tylenol into Junior's lunchbox, for any reason, the PC Police will deal with him as though he is in possession of heroine or a deadly weapon like a Leatherman Tool.  In order for PC to work its egalitarian magic it must resort to an antithetical methodology known as... Zero Tolerance.

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Boomer kids asked their teachers a lot of tough questions...

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"Mrs. Shapiro, if you can smoke cigarettes in the teachers' lounge why can't youBaby Boomers hated the Russians for making them go down to the school boiler room for air raid drills. smoke in our classroom?  Mrs. Shapiro, what does retarded mean?  Mrs. Shapiro, how come it says 'In God We Trust' on money?  Mrs. Shapiro, how come some kids get left back for getting low grades?  Mrs. Shapiro, should we hate Russia for making us go down to the boiler room for air raid drills?  Mrs. Shapiro, why do we memorize the Pledge of Allegiance"

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Sadly, our children and grandchildren ask very few questions today. Why?  Because their biggest in-school fear is of being ostracized for offending someone that may not even be present in the classroom.

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Even at the height of Viet Nam war protest, when young adults were calling for their peers to distrust politicians and anyone over 30, the protestors never demanded the decimation of traditional, Constitutional America (with the notable exception of a mere handful of radicals like the terrorists who hosted Barack Obama's political coming out party in Chicago).  

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Then: PC was synonymous with civil rights -- tolerance. 

Now: In order to enforce PC, its antithesis -- zero tolerance -- is the order of the day. 

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The Obama administration is advancing an agenda that will ultimately abridge rights by redistributing wealth, socializing the private sector, manipulating the system of checks and balances and re-interpreting the Constitution while spinning the media and taking the propaganda pains to make it all look so civil.  The words "civil" and "rights" are in that mix but the actual practice of being politically correct has become a gross distortion of what was originally intended.

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Is it any wonder that 40-and-unders are so prepared to let a typical PC professor dictate what they should believe about the responsibilities of the United States government?  Why would that be surprising in light of the cramming down their throats, from their first day in elementary school, of liberal ideology that has always sounded pretty much the same as what they are being told now by the highest office holder in the land?

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During all the years that students have been hammered by PC dogma and its resultant revisionism throughout academia, truthful talk about such things as Cold War bomb shelters, Viet Nam, the Holocaust, communist tyranny in Europe, assassinated politicians and the actual politics of genuine Civil Rights leaders has been avoided for fear of offending someone's ethnically sensitive ears.

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As a result of the ironically iron-handed power of PC, today's elementary school teacher is hardly ever asked a tough question.  What would a teacher say on one of those rare occasions when some un-indoctrinated kid might ask:  "My grandpa says we have an air raid shelter the cellar of the school building.  Would I get expelled if I brought a Leatherman Tool and bottle of Tylenol into it in during a survival emergency?"
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The kid would be better off asking a simple question like "Mrs. Shapiro, what is the answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx?"


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Hellsbells Ed, there's not a kid in the country who doesn't know "the riddle of the sphinx."

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GreyCaravel
Montgomery, AL

[Help me out...I was absent the day they covered that. -ED]


LMAO! That was great...thanks!

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FoxxyONE

St. Cloud, MN


We live in an upside down world...

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TOK101

Palm Springs, CA

[Not to mention all those flop-flippers. -ED]


Lombago - I liked how this blog began (even though I had figured where it was-a goin'). I can recall being on the play ground at the Roosevelt Grade School in Green Bay, WI with my razor sharp double bladed pocket knife cutting away at something. The reason it was so sharp was my Dad taught me how to hone it on a whet stone, with the words of wisdom "Son, that knife is really sharp - be careful". To Dad, the purpose of a knife was to cut and to do so properly meant it had to be sharp. I have been an artist for decades and I actually have few tools: cheap band saw, exacto knife with razor sharp blades, a roto tool and sand paper. Still waiting to get the first serious cut. As to the 2nd part of your blog (and the reason for the first part)........stick it in your.............lol. Malark

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mostlymalarkey

Wausau, WI

[I challenge you to a duel, malark. Choose your weapon -- Exactos or Leathermen? -ED]


Good one Ed.
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The whole tolerance thing reminds me of the Prop 8 arguments last fall. People in favor of 8 were called bigots by the other side. I asked why they weren't tolerant of other peoples opinions and just argue the points. The response was they didn't have to be tolerant of bigots.
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Typical liberal manure, be tolerant of me, but I don't have to be tolerant of you.

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deserttrek

Palm Springs, CA 


PC is just another term for asinine behavior and an inability to confront idiots.

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USMC1949

Brevard County, FL 


My son was supposed to bring something that began with the letter "s" to school for show and tell. He drug out a PLASTIC SAW from his "little boy" craftsman tool chest. He took it to school for show and tell. I received a note stating that the plastic saw was considered a weapon and not to allow him to bring ANYTHING like that again.

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MadeInMt

Great Falls, MT


Oh for the good old days, huh.
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Gabriel

Brevard County, FL  


In its current form, ZT (Zero Tolerance) actually goes far beyond its roots in Political Correctness.
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In the old days the initial emphasis of PC was on limiting free speech, religious expression, etc.
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ZT has found new friends to take it next level; law suits and big money.
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Not strictly obeying the ZT doctrine is an open invitation for trial lawyers (and their willing parent clients) to “cash-in” at the expense of our schools, children and taxpayers. ZT combined with the lack of personal responsibility, nanny-state and entitlement mentalities, plus greed has put us in this volatile situation.
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If a multi-tool can be dangerous, then so can a fingernail clipper. If a fingernail clipper is bad then so is a fingernail file. And so we go down the rabbit hole.
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They’ve pulled out playground equipment, dodge-ball is deadly and now any type of physical contact during “recess” can’t be allowed because of ZT legal dictates.
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This and many more advancement for society and mankind are innovative products of your local Bar Association.
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Maybe one day we’ll even have ZT for frivolous law suits... Ha, ha, just fooling.

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Uncle Larry

Austin, TX


I had a good friend whose dad was a gunsmith. We went to different schools back east. One of my teachers was an avid bird hunter and on a fall pheasant hunt managed to run his truck over the barrel of his favorite shotgun (Ithaca Mod. 37 pump in 12 ga.). He brought the subject up in class as a point of hunting safety (Yes they actually taught that at one time). I offered to take it to my friends dad to get it fixed. He brought it to school and dang if that barrel didn't have a curve to it. He handed it over to me (I was a senior at the time and could haul a rifle or shotgun on the bus) to get fixed at a bargain rate I promised. Don't know what happened along the way since then but many of today's teachers were brought up in an environment unfriendly to not just guns but anything the "Teachers Manual" considers to be a potential threat as a weapon. So, I guess any Bic could be used as one. I once made a metal pen refill into a projectile firing "gun" when I was in 6th grade by using caps, matches, lead pencil, paper clip and clothes pin. But that is another story...

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2AxMax

Great Falls, MT 


We used to shoot each other with paper clips propelled by rubber bands, it's counterpart the rubber band gun and the always popular spit wad. Virtually every male I knew from Jr. High until graduation carried a pocket knife of some sort. I loaned mine to the shop teacher several times. My Tenth grade Algebra teacher, Mr. Gray, actually sharpened his pencils with his own knife during class. I liked him.

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cbtengr50

Brevard County, FL  



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