In the end, I'm not sure which is more troubling, the inanity of the existing regulations, or the average American's acceptance of them and willingness to be humiliated. These wasteful and tedious protocols have solidified into what appears to be indefinite policy, with little or no opposition. There ought to be a tide of protest rising up against this mania. Where is it? At its loudest, the voice of the traveling public is one of grumbled resignation. The op-ed pages are silent, the pundits have nothing meaningful to say.
As for Americans themselves, I suppose that it's less than realistic to expect street protests or airport sit-ins from citizen fliers, and maybe we shouldn't expect too much from a press and media that have had no trouble letting countless other injustices slip to the wayside. And rather than rethink our policies, the best we've come up with is a way to skirt them - for a fee, naturally - via schemes like Registered Traveler. Americans can now pay to have their personal information put on file just to avoid the hassle of airport security. As cynical as George Orwell ever was, I doubt he imagined the idea of citizens offering up money for their own subjugation.
How we got to this point is an interesting study in reactionary politics, fear-mongering and a disconcerting willingness of the American public to accept almost anything in the name of "security." Conned and frightened, our nation demands not actual security, but security spectacle. And although a reasonable percentage of passengers, along with most security experts, would concur such theater serves no useful purpose, there has been surprisingly little outrage. In that regard, maybe we've gotten exactly the system we deserve.http://jetlagged.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/28/the-airport-security-follies/index.html
Correction - YOU
have gotten the system that YOU
have been screaming my head off about what a bunch of blind moronic sheep YOU
are, and am already executing on a plan to GTFO this proto-fascist excuse for the ruins of a once great republic.
On a related note: I keep seeing a lot of articles about how $PERSON is calling for impeachment. I can't stand the pathetic, stupid naivete of the people who keep putting up these false hopes, so let me say this again, for the record:( Collapse )
As always with these predictions, all I ask is to be proven completely and utterly wrong...Edit (late breaking):
First Amendment Rights? WHAT FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS?
No freedom of speech for you - at least not outside of governmentally-mandated "free speech zones
" (conveniently located half a mile from anywhere that matters)! What's that you say? You think your constitutional rights are valid anywhere in the USA? Well now, Emperor Dubya disagrees! Why do you ask... citizen?