Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Profiles In Courage? Not This Decade

President Kennedy once said "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." How quaint.

Despite all the action movies (the Die Hards, True Lies, Passenger 57, etc.) that Americans are so fond of, an incident that an individual person has a one in 10.4 million chance of being involved in has once again brought out the stupid and the fearful.  The same people who vociferously scream and wail about how their Second Amendment right to bear arms must not be infringed upon are willing to give up what's left of their Fourth Amendment rights so they can occasionally fly in an airplane.  Instead of training and using animals to sniff out explosives, expensive and invasive full body scanners will be used.  As Petrillic tweeted:
TSA - Protecting you from yesterday, tomorrow.
It won't be long before terrorists find another way around the system, they always do and even more liberties will be lost.

Five year olds.  Are you sure?  Last time I checked five year olds didn't wear diapers.  Unless they were developmentally delayed.  Which might explain the self serving behavior of the almost never right.  Once again the land of the free and the home of the brave is losing its collective shit, crying out for the government to save them from the bogeyman.  This would be the same government that they accused during the "health reform" debate of intruding on their personal freedoms.

Or as Charles Bouley wrote:
Once again America had the chance to be in the driver's seat, in a position of power. Instead, American media, and officials, chose the victim route and the cowering and scampering to get under tables began almost immediately. Suddenly, passengers became prisoners on flights, not able to move during the last hour, having to ask permission to go pee like in second grade.


The coverage and knee jerk reaction became too much for some, myself included, so it was back to holiday TV. Somehow in the afternoon we all found ourselves watching "The Tale of Despereaux" on cable; the story of an outcast mouse that uses bravery, courage and honor to help a princess (of course). But the movie spoke of Americans, not mice. In the film, Despereaux is an outcast because he's a mouse that refuses to be afraid. As flash cards are shown in his mouse class, when a cleaver appears, he doesn't hide and scamper like the others, and simply comments on how they are used to cook. His Peachie has doodles of cats because he thinks they're cute instead of fearful agents of death. The mouse council doesn't know what to do. What if he teaches other mice not to fear? After all, "he has to learn how to be afraid, after all, no one is born afraid..." says the mouse leader.
Mr. Bouley, thank you for pointing that out.  Too bad the media would rather fan the flames of fear instead of nurturing the calm of reason.

Meanwhile, Jim DeMint decries the lack of a unified response while he holds up the confirmation of TSA nominee Errol Southers because he's concerned that Southers might let TSA employees join a union and then complains that the Obama administration isn't taking terrorism seriously.

The America that I grew up in, the one I was willing to die to protect, is long gone.  In its place are sheeple led by politicians that only serve themselves and their corporate masters.  We might as well call the nation Stepford instead of limiting it to a fictional town in Connecticut. 



  1. Yeah...know how you feel. My post yesterday was pretty much along the same lines.

    Nonetheless... Feliz Año Nuevo, Deb!

  2. Let me add a ditto - but then, you dittoed me first.

    I keep meaning to put a reference to DeMint into something, but frankly, it seems like anything longer than a bumper-sticker is over-thinking it.

    I shall tweet derisively.