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Monday, March 20, 2006

The use of drugs by students has once again popped up in the national news. The Bush administration has decided that it wants to push for more random drug testing for voluntary/after-school activities participants. If your child is involved in cheerleading or band or the chess club or whatever they will be subject to drug screening by federal mandate. It seems that the Bush administration has decided that if your participating in these programs, you're also a potential pothead. If you can figure out the connection between these two activities, let me know. I don't see it. If anything, I'd have guessed the opposite. Anyway, the Supreme Court has OK'd the random drug screening of participants for all voluntary/after-school programs.
(REUTERS) The Supreme Court ruled in 1995 that schools can randomly test student athletes who are not suspected of drug use, and in 2002 ruled that all students who participate in voluntary activities, like cheerleading, band or debate, could be subjected to random tests.
This looks to me like a 'carrot and stick' tactic. If the children want to participate in voluntary/after-school programs, they'll have to agree to random drug screenings. I'm going to have to assume that the federal government's authority rides in on the back of federal money. I'm sure that this mandate is part of the No Child Left Behind Act. How else could the federal government tell the citizens of the several states how to live their lives. There has to be a nexus to federal money. I hate to say it, but if you're a recipient of federal funds, you're also subject to their will. Like it or not, by accepting federal money, you have become their slave. Much like the dust-up over military recruiters on college campuses, drug testing is also allowed because the schools have accepted federal funds. (In case you're wondering, even if you accept just 1 penny of federal money, you concede 100 percent to federal authority.)
Let's be clear. The federal government is not allowed to arbitrarily order schools who are not recipients of federal funds to perform random drug testing. Likewise, they cannot demand access for military recruiters. As a matter of fact, it would be a constitutional violation if they did. However, if a nexus can be shown between that institution and federal money, they just "bought" your servitude. What do you think? This must be why they say, "Money is the root of all evil." Especially, when it involves federal money. Do you know what is really insulting about all of this? There is no such thing as "federal money." Federal money originates from all of us, being taken by force in the form of taxation. Then, in the giving back in the form of aid or a grant, more force is applied because the recipients are forced to comply with federal mandates. It is nothing more than wealth redistribution, seasoned with a pinch of governmental force.


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