Cops And Robbers Isn’t What It Used To Be

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”   Deepak Chopra quotes Indian ayurvedic Physician and Author, b.1947

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” Deepak Chopra quotes Indian ayurvedic Physician and Author, b.1947

When I was growing up we used to run and play outside a lot.  There weren’t any video games and no computers.  Neighborhoods were noisy with the sounds of children playing.  You could find half the neighborhood running in groups as we played in the sun.  T.V. was fairly new and who wanted to stay indoors all day when all your friends were outside?

Then came the computer, video games, VHS, and then DVDs.  We went from being outdoors to living indoors.  Instead of sun-browned bodies on children you see pasty white or pale skin, reflection of a child who spends a lot of time indoors instead of out.  The sounds of rapid firing and techno music are a constant drone in the background.  The next step was inevitable.

Because of the failure of the federal government to seal our ports and borders, children are becoming law enforcers.  Instead of playing video games where the bad guys get shot, they are now being trained to shoot the bad guys in real life.  Instead of playing, these kids are finding themselves in the serious role of law enforcement.  What are we doing to our kids?  I blame this administration as well as previous administrations for this turn of events.  How could adults so fail the kids of this country?

Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.

The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

Explorers ready to enter a building taken by terrorists in an exercise.
Explorers ready to enter a building taken by terrorists in an exercise.

At 14 my greatest worries were boys, what the next book I was going to read was, what grades I would get in school, and doing my chores. I wasn’t thinking about a need to defend our borders against the intrusion of criminal illegal aliens across our border. I was worried about my clothes, my hair, and other mundane issues.  These are not those days anymore!

While my dad taught me how to shoot a gun, rifle, bow and arrow, even a .357, there was never any thought in my head that I might someday have to use one to defend my country’s borders against an all out peaceful invasion by another country.  It never occurred to me that my government might fail to enforce the laws of this land, or become so corrupt because of greed and a desire for power, that enforcement of border laws and immigration standards might not be enforced.

The Explorer program, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts, says that this training is not intended to be used in everyday life.  So if it’s not intended to be used outside this program, why such training at all?  Why not stick to tying knots, first aide and other such programs readily accepted for the past 60 years?  Why survival training, why hunt down criminal illegals?

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

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Ya, I can see where these kids would never get confused about real-life situations down on the border!  It’s just another form of indians and cowboys right?  Not real life where someone could get killed, even a kid.  After all, when you pull a gun on someone why should they feel threatened by a kid?  Am I stoned or is this insane?  I can see how the kids could think this is pretty cool.  But has our border deteriorated to the point of this?  Of training kids to kill or capture criminal illegal aliens?  Can someone honestly tell me that this isn’t a direct result of the failure of the federal government to secure our border?

The pictures on the NYTimes website say it all.  There can be no mistaking the implications of what these children are being trained for and it isn’t cops and robbers.  Will this training give these kids the emotional maturity to comprehend a situation and not react with fear if they are confronted by the real thing?  My heart aches for these kids who are being trained in military applications for an uncertain future.

Imperial County California

Imperial County California,_California

As you can see, Imperial County sits right on the California/Mexico border.  The training these kids are going through involves them directly with border conflicts and the training is military style.  With the failure of the federal government to enforce the laws on the books, children are being trained to do what the government refuses to do, secure the border.  But at what cost?

The hispanic population of Imperial County is growing by leaps and bounds.  In 2000 it is estimated that 72.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 65.7% spoke Spanish and 32.3% English as their first language. By 2005 the percentage of Hispanics had risen to 75.3 percent.

Once again we see the refusal of the hispanic population to learn the native language of this country.  Even though English is the official language of these united States government.  I still don’t understand why Americans have to cater to those who refuse to learn our language.  Now they even give the naturalization test in Spanish.  Just how does this integrate these people into our country?  This is not to say that Spanish cannot be spoken at home, but it sure goes to prove who is an illegal criminal alien and who is a Citizen of this country.  It also proves that the Mexicans have no intention of being good citizens if offered amnesty.  A good citizen would desire to learn the native language.  Or are they just too stupid?

According to the website, the official seal of these Explorers means:



Each symbol and color in the National Law Enforcement Explorers seal has special significance.

* Law Enforcement logo The circular form of the seal represents continuous existence.
* The dominant blue field represents justice.
* The inner circle contains a shield surmounted by an eagle. The eagle spread across the top represents the national coverage of Law Enforcement Exploring. The shield itself stands for the unified strength in its membership and is composed of four quadrants, each with a particular meaning of its own.
1. The flag represents the principles of democracy for which this country stands and which law enforcement is sworn to uphold. The beginnings of these principles are acknowledged by the 13 stars, which represent the original colonies.
2. The badge in the upper right-hand corner of the shield is typically associated with municipal police departments.
3. Opposite this is a seven-pointed star, symbolic of county sheriffs’ departments. Both municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ departments are major sponsors of Law Enforcement Explorer posts. Each is set on a field of white divided by horizontal and vertical lines. Each division represents the individual department that together forms the backbone of law and order in our society.
4. The lower right-hand corner of the shield contains a torch in a dark background connected to three stars in a light background. The torch is symbolic of the guiding light shown on the profession through the aid of the sponsor. This light illuminates the stars of truth, knowledge, and integrity-three qualities that all Explorers should strive for in the law enforcement profession.
* Finally, the “Big E,” which symbolizes unity of purpose under the Exploring program, connects the four quadrants in the shield.

That’s funny, I thought we lived in a Republic, not a democracy.  Did I misunderstand the Pledge of Allegiance?  And are you teaching these kids to uphold a government that has become corrupt or supporting the Constitution?  Will they be taught right from wrong no matter what even if that goes against the laws of this land?  Do they know of the Oath Keepers?

I can’t help but feel like there is something terribly wrong with this country in reading something like this.  It feels like the federal government has gone off the deep end of corruption and greed.  It feels like they are using our kids in ways that should not be.  Shouldn’t kids be allowed to be kids?  What does this do to their young minds?  So many questions and so few answers.


~ by justmytruth on May 15, 2009.

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