"No. A T. P. case officer decides what is best for all concerned: the misguided individual as well as the country as a whole."
Joshua shook his head slowly.
"God I wish this was Candid Camera."
The second man wrote in his notepad again.
"Mr. Adams, we have some portable devices in the trunk of the car and we'd like to come in and check the thought forms in the house. This way if nothing comes up we can clear you and we'll be on our way, or..."
"Or if we do get some hits, we would then come back when everyone is home to determine which of the four individuals living here is emanating the extremist thoughts."
"Mr. Meriwether, as I'm sure you know, I have two teenage sons, nineteen and seventeen, and part of the job description of a teenager is to question everything and rebel. It's a part of growing up and finding your own way and becoming independent from your parents, etc. It's quite normal, and as long as it doesn't get out of hand no harm is done. This is a process every family deals with and it's not something which requires the intervention or services of the Federal Thought Police to sort out, so if you'll excuse me..."
"Mr. Adams, we have the authority to enter any dwelling which has been officially designated as a possible site of un-American or seditious thinking."
"Mr. Meriwether, you need a warrant to enter a private residence."
"No, sir. The police do but we don't. It says so in our charter, the one Congress passed and the President signed."
"Your charter. Speaking of charters, have you ever read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution? Those are the primary charters our Republic is based on."
"No, I haven't."
"So I imagine you've never heard of Samuel Adams."
"No, I haven't. Why do you ask?"
"He was one of the rebellious men who helped found this country, a brilliant, brave, and patriotic man we are all indebted to. He signed the Declaration of Independence, was a representative from Massachusetts at the Continental Congress, and helped guide the country through the Revolutionary War period and the establishment of the Republic. He was later elected Governor of Massachusetts. I am a direct descendant of Samuel Adams and proud to be related to him. He would throw a fit if he was here right now."