Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Governmental Rant

It feels like almost 2600 years ago that I used to be able to fly on an airplane without an attack on my personal liberties by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during my brief time in the airport.  At one time, the only things that would make an innocent plane trip turn into a disaster would be if a flight were cancelled [sic] or a service disruption such as flight delays happened due to extreme weather.  I really enjoyed flying Southwest Airlines.  Now the United States Government thinks every citizen flying on a plane is prepared to commit acts of terror including carrying-on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other home grown bombs.  Why do our own authorities, in the name of domestic security, need to treat its citizens like common criminals while trying to visit their families?  It's like this country is constantly in a state of emergency, forcing us to remain in our own homes under lockdown, under quarantine, as through we had an outbreak of the flu, and forced to eat nothing but pork (the other white meat).  I've said it before:  Terrorism is not something you can wage war against - it is a weapon of war.  You can't "fight the terrorists."  You can't fight against an ideology.  You can only fight against a group of people that pose a formidable threat against our security.  The people responsible for the threat against the United States are not afraid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  Putting people through a living hell at the airport is not going to stop these people from launching an attack again.  It simply undermines our own citizens' liberties and our ability to peacefully travel from place-to-place.  Isn't this what "W" originally said would be allowing the Taliban to "win?"

I believe that our government needs to take its collective wisdom and knowledge that they are otherwise wasting on debating the pros and cons of gay marriage and concentrate on real solutions to the threats that are threatening our way of life in the United States.  Right now, the bigger threat to the freedoms, liberties, peace, and prosperity that our nation used to enjoy is our own government.  Clearly, everyone has gotten so afraid of being part of another attack against our country that we're willing to sacrifice those things that made our country great - what makes people want to come here.  That's a sad commentary on those we have elected to uphold those ideals set down by the founding fathers of the U.S.A.

The reason for the words in red text is that this little rant uses many of the U.S. Government's key words and search terms outlined in a recent document that was posted to the Internet.  On the one hand, it's kind of a tease to mess with their search engines.  On the other hand, maybe if they were to read this, it would provide some enlightenment about how we, the people, feel about how we're being treated.  It was inspired by Phillip DeFranco's YouTube video titled THE GOVERNMENT IS WATCHING YOU!!

I'm not trying to be a radical.  I'm not looking to incite a riot, mess with the police, or create a wave of silly messages to government officials.  I'd like to encourage people to spread this virus to encourage our elected officials to take the needs of the people they serve into consideration instead of perpetuating a toxic environment of repression and authoritarianism.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, I wanted to comment and say it's upsetting that you may quit the blog. I started on you post about the 1+1+1+1 (got 14 as well before I read your comments) and liked what I read so kept reading. Anyway, my fiance' and I went on a trip to Europe. We flew into France, rode a train to Germany, then again to Prague, then flew back to the US with a stop in France. While in France the first time, we went to what was considered the "best" place to buy chocolates and such (I forget the place, but it was in Paris). My fiance' bought a bottle of concentrated chocolate milk mix. On the way back to the US, she put it in her carry-on. Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and the Czech Ruzyne airport had no problems with it. We were going home. We land at Hartsfield International Airport (our home in Atlanta, Ga) and we put our bags through customs. On our way into the baggage claim area, on our way OUT of the airport, there is a checkpoint where you need to get screened. The customs official forced my fiance' to throw her milk mix out. It was bitter-sweet. We were happily in a daze after spending two weeks abroad and finally back home in our beloved country (I love the USA, I really do and I love Atlanta). Yet, something that was perfectly acceptable in France and Czech Republic to go on an airplane wasn't alright to bring out of the airport. It was like, "Welcome home, /slap". My fiance' cried because it was the only thing she had brought back from Europe for herself. The rest was for family members/friends (chocolates and such). Anyway, sorry for the long post, just thought I'd share this anecdote to prove I concur with you! Cheers from Atlanta!!