Making the World Safer for Hypocrisy

1950: UNITED STATES. Fear being the fuel which makes America go by making Americans sufficiently pliable to believe anything and consent to anything, it's important to make American children just as fearful as their parents. A children's comic strip hero, Captain America, says, "Beware, commies, spies, traitors and foreign agents! Captain America, with all loyal, free men behind him, is looking for you...."

One of the most insidious and vicious elements of the campaign is the farcical air raid drills to which American school children are ruthlessly exposed for years beginning in 1950. In some drills, a mock attack by the evil Soviets is signalled by sirens and children are forced to crouch beneath their desks with their eyes tightly closed to "prevent blindness" from nuclear blast until the "all clear" is given. In another permutation, a teacher, without warning, yells "Drop!" and the terrified children are expected to dive under their desks and kneel waiting to be incinerated by the filthy commies. Strangely enough, to date, there have been no documents released under the Freedom of Information Act which shed any light on the benefits to be gained by crouching under a desk during a nuclear war.

As a further assault on the minds of American children, in many school districts, children are issued with metal "dog tags" which are supposedly expected to survive a nuclear holocaust so that tiny bodies can be more readily identified in the smouldering ruins of Ourtown, USA.

I like the United States of America.
I like the way we all live without fear.
I like to vote for my choice, speak my mind, raise my voice,

Yes I like it here.

I like the United States of America.

I am thankful each day of the year.

For I can do as I please,
'Cause I'm free as the breeze,

Yes I like it here.
I like to climb to the top of the mountain so high,

Lift my head to the sky,

And say how grateful am I

For the way that I'm working, and helping, and giving,

And doing the things I hold dear.

Yes I like it, I like it, I like it here.
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