In a meeting, the father of one of the little girls in the class pointed at the teacher while telling the school’s principal, “I want her to promise never to mention the word peace in her class again.”
(Since, as libertarians have frequently observed, there is no meaningful difference between today’s Red State and Blue State authoritarian political beliefs, it’s impossible to tell whether the little girl’s war-adoring daddy was a Bleeding Heart Liberal or a Compassionate Conservative Neocon.)
At any rate, the principal reportedly tripped over her pension in her headlong rush to acquiesce, and the teacher caved to the father’s intimidation. Her lawyer, projecting a hefty payday, likely had little difficulty overcoming the teacher’s fear of verbal bullying, but his attempt to convince a jury that “peace” is a positive concept may be a daunting one. Why? The school was so panic-stricken it cancelled “Peace Month” scheduled to begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
(Perhaps they can rewrite King’s famous speech, “I have a Nightmare,” and schedule a “War Month” instead.)
“Peace” has long been a dirty word in America. Eugene McCarthy was the “Peace Candidate” during the Vietnam War years and never even got his party’s nomination. Richard Nixon campaigned on his secret “Peace with Honor” plan to end that war, and we all know what happened to him. President Bush The first had a nice little war going on in Iraq, but it ended too soon and he lost reelection during a time of relative “Peace.” Don’t expect Republicans to forget that lesson anytime soon.