TSA And A Radio Daze
[EDIT: Forgot to ask: should any of you have the time and ability to easily record the interview and send me a copy, I'd appreciate it.]
I’m sincerely grateful to report receiving, in response to my column, many lovely messages from people from basically said “I feel as you do, and I won’t fly either.” One man, a small-business owner who travels rather frequently as a result, even said he’s been taking private flying lessons and buying a plane although, as he pointed out, piloting himself will cost at least ten times more than flying commercial. He’s fortunate he can afford to make such a sacrifice; America’s fortunate he’s willing to make it. Too many of our compatriots would rather go along to get along – “I may not like the airport gropedowns, but how else can I take the kids to see Disney?” Too many compatriots, unfortunately, feel they have no choice – “I loathe the airport gropedowns but if I don’t fly on business I’ll lose my job.”
Overall, however, much of the response to my column has been surreal; so many stalwart TSA defenders insisting it’s not that bad, it’s no big deal, what’s wrong with adopting submissive-criminal poses and letting government agents feel around in your underwear every time you want to travel, huh?
Some controversies I expect; when I write in favor of legalizing drugs and prostitution, or dismantling certain aspects of the welfare/regulatory state, of course that will generate much disagreement among the so-called political mainstream. But I find it awesome – in the original, terrifying sense of the word – that simple declarations we Americans could take for granted 20 years ago are now considered controversial: “I am owed the presumption of innocence unless and until proven guilty of a specific crime.” “Within the borders of my own country, I am free to travel without government interference.”
But this generates the most surreal controversy of all: “I retain exclusive control over certain parts of my body, and neither the government nor anyone else has the right to see or touch them without my consent.” Seriously, that claim now inspires indignation, controversy, and accusations of prudery?
We here in America have reached the point where high-ranking political appointees seriously propose requiring intimate patdowns and/or potentially dangerous nude-scan radiation photography as a precondition for travel on every form of mass transit. And yet, fantastically, I found myself accused of being some cruel and heartless oppressor of the working classes for using the term “thug” in reference to those government agents who actively and knowingly implement degrading policies of ritualized sexual assault against innocent people.