It's a little thing, but I'm sure that any discussion of this subject will flush out the moonbats and other assorted ACLU card carriers who will addle on about "freedoms" and how oppressive, restrictive, maybe even barbaric such a practice would be.
It's amusing really. Moonbats love to tout the communist/socialistic practices of Cuba and other "enlightened" countries who offer such welfare state staples as free medical care, free rent or rent subsidies and free education.
But if you confront them with facts such as this-that the children in Cuba wear uniforms to school, they curl up like the Texan who couldn't figure out whether to claim Texas midgets are the biggest or the smallest in the world. It's a have it both ways kind of thing with them. Yes to "free", "No" to any kind of discipline that might smack of regimentation or stifling of anything other than free enterprise or religious expression in public places.
I'll tell you about Cuba sometime, from my trip there and from correspondence with friends there that I still communicate with from time to time.
Yes, they have all the communist/socialist utopian benefits that the moonbats would love to see this country adopt. That's why they consistently vote for ultra liberal, borderline socialist candidates like John Kerry and others.
But there are a few minor flaws in that utopian society that they might want to consider.
First of all, even though there are few "capitalistic pigs"( mostly foreigners and government insiders),there is no middle class to speak of either. The lavish summer homes and three car garages are there all right. It's just that they all belong to Communist party officials.
Sorry, guys, if you want to enjoy the fruits of the system, better join, behave-and progress in-"the party".
And if you think this country's leaders have some financial motivation to fight wars, how do you feel about the communist leaders and their followers?
When they win, they own the whole danged country-lock stock and barrel!
Maybe that's why the Iraqis expected the same of us.
Until very recently if you're operating a motel, a restaurant or a car dealership for example, you're doing it as a government employe at a salary and under working conditions determined by the party since the government owns and operates all businesses. I'll deal with some changes in that which were brought about by our economic boycott later on but, basically, the government is now allowing some limited business ownership under strict government regulation and by paying very steep taxes to compensate the government for any business lost by the company store.
If you're a journalist or a college professor?
You're a government employe, my friend. And guess how much "freedom" you're going to have to say and teach all those precious ideals of freedom that you enjoy in this country. The government has some comprehensive and very specific guidelines on what you can say, teach and broadcast and lots of jails to accommodate those that don't agree.
In Cuba and the other communist countries the moonbats seem to admire so much, most workers, including professionals, are nothing more than government lackeys pure and simple. Check it out.
As you know there have been a few wars fought over that clash of principles including the one in Viet Nam where college students, most liberals and people like John Kerry and Jane Fonda basically backed the communists and their enslavement(there is no softer word) of the people of South Viet Nam.
For those who have trouble understanding this country's claim that we have fought around the world to secure the freedom of others, this is exactly what it means.
But more on that later, since this is about school uniforms................
The case I can make for them is precisely the case that the ACLU and other liberal organizations will make against them.
I think they encourage discipline, school and personal pride and a sense of belonging to something other than the streets; that they are very attractive-usually white blouses or shirts, blue ,black or red skirts or pants.Girls usually wear knee length soccer style socks.
What's even better, I know that they DIScourage: Thongs, hip huggers, knees-out jeans, gothic coats, "Hate Bush(or Fidel) or other incendiary slogan T-shirts like-well, you know what I mean. I'll have to check but I doubt Cuban kids can stroll into class with orange parrot spiked hair, nose, tongue, and eye lid staples or tattoos either.
Just the thought of that happening in this country is almost enough to make me change my politics!
I'm ready for the standard moonbat response--"discourages individualism, restricts freedom of expression, government censorship, think Hitler, Stalin, facism " and other such ACLU poowaddle-- and I'm sure I won't be disappointed.
Since I happen to believe you can have a school choir sing "God Bless America" and require school kids to dress like human beings without risking a totalitarian or theocratic state we can have some good discussions along that line.
So go ahead folks-tell me what you think. Yes or no on school uniforms and why......