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Freedom

October 1st, 2004 (10:45 am)
angry

current mood: angry
current song: Sting - Children's Crusade

A scene I came up with on the way to the train station last night:

An old man and his granddaughter are in his library. He shows her a piece of paper.

Grandpa: Here, Sarah, take a look at this.

Sarah: What is it, Grandpa?

Grandpa: This is the Bill of Rights. It's ten rules to keep the government from being bad guys. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to bear arms...it's all here.

Sarah: Wow. What does this one say?

Grandpa: That's the Fourth Amendment. It says that the police can't search your house unless a judge says it's okay.

Grandpa folds up the paper, hands it to Sarah.

Grandpa: I want you to have this, Sarah. This is your freedom.

As she takes it, two goons break down the door. Body armor, visored helmets, submachine guns. Sarah screams. Goon A grabs Grandpa; Goon B grabs the paper.

Goon B: Here it is, all right. Subversive literature.

Goon A: Come on, old man. You're going to Guantánamo.

Sarah: (Screams) Grandpa! (Grabs at paper; Goon B pulls it out of reach.) Give me that! That's my freedom!

Goon B: This is your freedom? (Sarah nods, eyes wide. Goon B tosses paper in fire.) This is your freedom under the Patriot Act. No more questions.

Comments

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 1st, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)

Let's send more money to the ACLU.

Have you read ... dang, can't find it. It's a story about convincing children that communism is good, better than God, etc. Short, powerful, dogmatic.

Posted by: Siderea (siderea)
Posted at: October 1st, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)

There's a short play called, IIRC, "The Children's Hour", to that effect.

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: October 1st, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)

See also The Right to Read.

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