The Progressive Left continues its Orwellian campaign to purge America of the notion that individuals have a right to speak and think freely. No other subject more clearly illustrates this than the debate over gun control and gun rights. One of the many examples of how their war on the Bill of Rights continues is the case of the teen who faces possible jail time for wearing an NRA shirt.
Not reported by the mainstream media are the numerous recent cases of young children being chastised, sent home from school or even suspended for such things as biting into a pop tart in such a way that the pastry was left vaguely resembling the shape of a handgun. In another case, a child was punished for pointing his fingers to simulate a gun. In still another, a small girl was chastised for being in possession of a torn sheet of paper which, again – to the warped, Progressive mind of her teacher – represented a gun. The astute observer has seen this coming for some time.
There should be no illusions that President Obama is not, himself, a key player in this drive towards a bleak, soulless future where private citizens become literal wards of the state; never thinking or saying anything which is not approved. In May of 2008, Michelle Obama – during a speech in San Juan, Puerto Rico – said “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” These words were no accident and no mere rhetoric. When candidate Obama talked about the “fundamental transformation of America”, this is what he meant. The Progressive agenda is to stamp out individuality, critical thinking and the very notion that one is free to think, speak and express oneself as one chooses.
For Progressives, the greatest obstacles to achieving their goal are the Constitution, which limits the power of the federal government and the first ten amendments to it – known, collectively, as the Bill of Rights. They are waging a war against these founding documents and 14-year-old Jared Marcum, the teen who faces the prospect of going to jail over his refusal to remove his NRA shirt, has found himself a target of this twisted ideology.
Marcum was suspended from Logan Middle School in West Virginia because he had refused to change his shirt, which bore the letters “NRA” above an image of a rifle and the words “protect your rights”. The fact that Marcum was suspended for exercising his First Amendment right and showing his support for the Second Amendment is outrageous enough. This is not the end of the story, however; the Logan County Police Department got involved. Officer James Adkins – who is now probably the laughing-stock of the nation’s entire law enforcement community, and rightly so – claims that Marcum obstructed him in the performance of his duties, by refusing to stop talking. This resulted in the boy’s arrest. The Logan County Police Department initially claimed that Marcum was arrested for disrupting the educational process and obstructing a police officer.
The sheer stupidity of this entire incident, originally reported by WOWK’s Charlo Greene, has been further compounded by the fact that a judge has permitted a prosecutor to proceed with the case against Marcum, who faces the possibility of a $500 fine and up to one year in jail. Marcum’s attorney, Ben White, claims that Marcum did nothing wrong and, with all due respect to Mr. White, it doesn’t take a law degree to reach this conclusion. The school’s dress code, it should be noted, is not understood to have any provision, regarding the wearing of such a shirt.
It is concerning that a state such as West Virginia should have fallen under the insipid influence of Progressivism and its continued campaign against the Bill of Rights. The very idea that a teenage boy faces possible jail time for wearing an NRA shirt should make all patriotic Americans shudder. If Marcum is actually jailed – or even given a fine – for expressing his beliefs, then there truly is little hope of preserving the nation that, above all others, so clearly represents individual liberty.
Written by Graham J Noble