William Martin con Sic Semper Tyrannis ! - Volume 7: The Decline and Fall of Child Protective Services (English Edition)
I’d actually heard of Alcatraz, and asked, “They’re gonna put you in jail?”
“They’d like to - but only Billy’s going to jail - so I’m gonna burn it down and let him out. But look, Alcatraz hasn’t been a jail for more than thirty years. The miracle isn’t escaping from Alcatraz - the miracle is being able to walk on the water to do it.
“And then when we get halfway across, we’re gonna stop and sing Viersig Engel - then I’m gonna preach, and denounce CPS for killing my sister.” he paused, then burst into tears. Fortunately, the seats around us were all vacant, so we weren’t attracting anybody’s attention.
But I held my composure, and shot back, “Look, Dummy, if they’ve killed me, how an I gonna stand on San Francisco Bay and sing anything?”
He sobbed, “Billy’s gonna raise you from the dead. And then after I denounce CPS, I’m gonna sing The Trumpet Shall Sound.” He was blubbering by now, and choked out the entire text, beginning with the recitative.
He added, “You’ll still be wearing the peasant girl dress with the bullet holes in it, and bloodstains clearly visible.” Then he clenched his fist and said in an undertone, “I will show them that God is real, and that they can’t make atheists of the next generation of kids - us.”
Then he smiled, “Handel’s piece has often been performed in San Francisco, of course; but I’ll bet I’ll be the first one to have sung it standing on the water in San Francisco Bay.”
“All the others who tried it probably drowned,” I suggested.
Chris slapped me across the mouth, and retorted angrily, “Blasphemy! You don’t really believe in any of the stuff I’ve told you, do you?”
Stubbornly, I persisted, “Look, you big bully, you didn’t even knock out any of my teeth. Wanna try again? I’ll let’cha!” Then I mimicked, “OK, kid brother, I’m a naughty lil girl. You gonna spank me for it?”
He quit crying, smiled, and replied, “I’ll wait and let Bob blister that sassy tail of yours - right after he blisters me for slapping you.”
Sic Semper Tyrannis is a memoir about a time, not so long past, when men were free, religious values were taken seriously. and parents were allowed to pass on the cultural heritage to their children without governmental interference. As David Selznick remarked concerning the Antebellum South, "Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind . . . "
This fictional account is the story of what might have been, had Christian parents possessed the courage of their convictions. It depicts the use of spanking and other types of physical correction, from the perspective of an adolescent boy.
Twelve year old Billy Martin has been suddenly uprooted from the only home he knows, in liberal Stockholm, and sent to live with his eighteen year old brother, Bob, who has recently joined an ultra-conservative religious group in Idaho.Billy, a high-spirited youth, has been allowed to run at loose ends for his entire life, and has never experienced discipline of any kind. He now finds himself in a vastly different world. Bob immediately sets about bringing his kid brother into line, and giving him the “Biblical discipline” that he, and the other sect members, consider essential to proper child rearing. Billy strives to come to grips with the new reality.
While the characters are wholly imaginary, the issues they confront are real, and threaten to undermine the very foundations of our civilization. This work does not contain any erotic material, but is a sobering assessment of today’s child rearing practices in the United States and Western Europe.
This is the seventh volume of a more extensive saga, which traces the course of Billy and his friends as they struggle through the years of adolescence. It should be required reading for every adolescent boy, his parents, and all those who seek to influence him.