Is Stupid, Too
things, tyranny is stupid.
The other day,
a clearly dangerous Enemy of Freedom a pregnant 17-year-old
white American teenage girl named Vanessa
Gibbs was threatened with a federal offense
by a TSA baboon while trying to get on her flight from Norfolk,
Va. back home to Jacksonville, Florida because (wait for it) she
had a Western-style leather purse embossed with a decorative and
clearly not real gun on its side. The TSA baboon, flushed with
its authoritay, could probably tell the difference but found
it now enjoyed the excuse to not merely harass but terrorize
a teenage girl, who found herself under the baboons arbitrary
like, This is a federal offense because its in the shape
of a gun, Gibbs told the Associated Press. Im
like, But its a design on a purse. How is it a federal
the baboon says so.
is far from unique or isolated.
The TSA has
repeatedly shown both stupidity and malice the ugly yin-yan
of police states throughout history. This is deliberate,
even if its not formally expressed in overt policy. Because
the goal is not protecting our freedom or even security.
It is to frighten,
demean and cow the citizenry. To make it clear to them that arbitrary
power may be exerted over them at any time and from which
there is no appeal.
This is the
true purpose of the tools given to an army of low-rent
mall security guards empowered with very real weaponry and fearsome
authoritay. Note carefully that these people are typically
the dregs of society people with little education and not
much intelligence. And with no respect whatsoever for your rights.
People who, by definition, are antithetical to what America
and being an American once meant.
The kind of
people just itching to finally have some power over their
fellow men (and women, too). They are precisely the same kinds of
people who formed the cohorts of the Khmer Rouge, the Red Guards
and, of course, the SA. The state knows such people are ready to
be, as the author Jonah Goldhagen put it, the willing executioners
of the state. They are eager to do it. Anyone who has traveled
recently and witnessed the system in action is well-aware of this.
like their work.
What sort of
creature would, for example, willingly force elderly (and often
crippled) people to drop their Depends? Make a small child spread
its arms and legs like a felon and submit to being handled? Threaten
a clearly harmless teenage girl with a federal offense
because of a design on her purse?
In a word,
what sort of thing would spend its working days belittling
people and making them feel its power over them? Think about
it. I am not being harsh I am stating an uncomfortable truth
that wed better confront real soon, before its
dont give a fig for your rights let alone your dignity.
The only thing that matters to them is
Do not question.
Do not dare to talk back. Do As You Are Told. Immediately.
people who willingly sign up for such duty are loathsome.
Beneath contempt. Despicable. Do not tell me its just
a job or I need the money. Adolf Eichmann told
us it was just a job, also. If you take it upon yourself
to assault innocent people, whether as a private thug or a uniformed
thug acting under color of law, you are nonetheless a thug.
be regarded as such by all decent people.
you are worse than a common street thug. Because a citizen
can smash a street thug in the face when it accosts them. But if
a citizen talks back to a TSA baboon or another of the various
subspecies of uniformed apes out there, the citizen risks lethal
violence which may not legally be resisted.
The other day
I came across a superb column which discussed authoritarian over-reaction
such as spraying non-violent protestors with pepper spray,
Tazering soccer moms for daring to talk back to a cop; the militarization
of everything, even language and how the phenomenon
has come to characterize life in the United States nowadays. The
Gibbs incident is illustrative. We have empowered mall security
types the sort of losers my generation made fun of
when we were teenagers back in the 1980s with the power to
und nebel people off the concourse to some secure
location in order to question/berate them over such things
as having a purse with a decoration on it that looks like an
old West six-shooter.
Had this poor
girl quite understandably laughed at or mouthed off
to the TSA agent you can imagine what would have happened
next. Cuffs, Tazers the perp walk to some windowless room
for several hours of berating by those Concerned With Protecting
was shunted onto another flight and told she must either turn her
purse over to the TSA baboons or check it which
often amounts to the same thing (pilferage on a Third World scale
is now routine at U.S. airports). She eventually made it back home,
via Orlando. Gibbs mother, Tami, told the Associated Press
that she was
on the phone all the way to Orlando trying
to figure out what was going on with her. It was terrifying.
allowed utter cretins to invest themselves with unlimited power,
noxiously telling us it is necessary in order to protect
us. It will end with some of us in protective custody. Those
who see whats coming indeed, what is already
And who will,
at last, refuse to Submit and Obey.
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