A minor news story about stupid petty officialdom instantly turns into a winger freak-out of bizarre delusionality, anti-government ranting, and random free-floating racism. What a surprise.
A local-news story from North Carolina reports today that a high-school student was suspended for the rest of her senior year after officials conducting a mass search found that she had unknowingly picked up her father’s lunch box from home, instead of her own, and it contained a paring knife that he uses to peel fruit. Naturally she was busted under their “zero tolerance” no-knives policy, and kicked out of school for the rest of the year.The story notes that the principal has discretion under the policy to take intent into account – this was how he handled it (god knows what they do to students who actually do intend to carry a knife – stab them on the spot?).
Now, this is stupid, and harsh, and possibly truly damaging, especially for a graduating senior. But you wouldn’t think it had many major political implications. Unless you were a right winger, and thus both hyper-reactive and kind of crazy.
Multiple wingnut blogs have already somehow pegged this as the result of liberalism. Because apparently small-town school boards in Lee County (yes, that would be Robert E. Lee) North Carolina are hotbeds of leftwing activism. Nobody seems to notice either that “zero tolerance” policies are essentially a shibboleth of the right wing, invented by no less a wingnut cult figure than Ronald Reagan, or that collective guilt, no-warrant searches, and the surrender of student privacy are also right-wing articles of faith.
Instapundit somehow figures this is the result of the school being “unwilling to take responsibility for discipline”: surely it’s exactly the opposite – the school claiming the right to demand disciplinary standards of its own arbitrary devising, in response to panicky calls for stricter “standards”, without due process or recourse to appeal. His solution: . . . (wait for it) . . . “school vouchers”. But leave it to Right Wing News to really pull out the stops:
Maybe [this is] educational: to prepare her and her follow students for life in a country that has traded liberty for liberalism. More likely it’s yet another pernicious consequence of political correctness. If a white girl from a nice family gets let off after having been caught with a knife, how can they punish the next sociopathic punk with six inches of underpants showing when they catch him brandishing a switchblade? After all, we’re required to believe that everyone is exactly the same.
“White girl from a nice family”? As contrasted, of course, with “sociopathic punk with six inches of underpants showing . . . brandishing a switchblade”.
OK . . .
You know, I just can’t go on. . . .
What’s to say? Conservatism is like the moral and emotional equivalent of a logical contradiction: you can’t really debate it; all you can do is . . . point it out. Those who understand will see, and reject it; those who don’t will continue in ignorant futility. Yep – these guys are conservatives. Enough said.