It is as if I have been trapped in a nightmare and cannot awaken from the deluge of assaults on the freedoms once enjoyed by all Americans. I must say that I realize many of the freedoms enjoyed over the life of this country were snuffed out long before I was born. One need only dust off the history books and spend a few minutes reading to come to this conclusion. However, it does not make it any less horrific to my senses to contemplate the loss of freedom just in the past 10 years.
The subject of this blog post is the "nail-in-the-coffin" moment that prompted me to start this blog. I am not sure how often I will post my thoughts here, but I can no longer sit by and shake my head in disbelief. I must voice my opinions if for no other reason than to placate my temper.
"Don't Touch My Junk!"... the phrase that rang out across the world. An average American traveling by air refused to be virtually defrocked and exposed to radiation by the airport scanners was given only one more option... the groping, humiliating, and utterly unconstitutional pat-down. He could not help but protest. I believe I would have done the same.
You see, there is a breaking point for every person. The point at which we say "enough is enough". I already despised air travel due to the humiliation of being treated as "guilty until proven innocent". But this new invasion of privacy and violation of liberty is the breaking point for me. Short of an absolute repeal of these procedures, I do not believe I will every travel by air again.
The truly sad fact is that I believe the latest uproar about these procedures is just a little bit of hot air before the masses settle down and accept the loss of more of their freedoms. I doubt very many know what our founding forefather, Benjamin Franklin, had to say on the subject...
"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."
There are so many things going wrong in America today that I shudder to think of them in whole. This subject of airport scanners and pat-downs is simply a small piece of a very rotten pie that is being force fed to the populace.
So, I leave you with this question. When will you reach your breaking point? Will it be naked pat-downs? Or anal probing? Perhaps being restrained in your seat with shackles will be that moment?