I hate to say it, but CWG is right. Every modern man trades freedom for security and comfort. Those men who have rejected progression live with all these horrors most of us don't really know.
However, there IS a line where you give up some small freedoms and where the Government becomes micro-managers of people's lives. We're starting to see a trend by our leaders towards the micro-management aspect.
There is an interesting blog post I read the other day which parallels what you say here. It's written by nobody special.. but it is totally true..
When I was a sophomore in high school, we had a unit in our World History class about the Holocaust. Fran LaBuda, a German Jew who escaped to the US through despite the Nazis, would stand at the door of our classroom and bark orders to us in German as we entered, using a pointer to tell us where to sit, and even push us around as necessary. A militant looking fellow (later I learned it was her son, and as gentle a guy as you could imagine in real life) escorted anyone who didn’t take it seriously out of the room, rather roughly.
The point was to show us in general how easily we could be cowed by a force we didn’t understand taking our power of independence. These are upper middle class high school students, and used to getting their way. Their parents bought them the cool clothes and looked the other way when the rules were transcended. They wore their ego on their shoulder like a badge of honor.
But when the going got rough, they folded like a bad hand at cards. Only one person tried to joke about the event with Mrs. LaBuda, and was taken from the room. He was the class clown, but was nearly in tears when pushed out of the door by the enforcer.
Fast forward to today. I was in line at the TSA’s security gate at SeaTac. Walking up and down the line was a rather militant looking fellow yelling out in plain, though loud, English:
“If you do not take your liquids and gels out of your carry-on luggage you will not be allowed to get on your plane. You will be escorted to enhanced screening, and there is a half day wait.”
Next to me stood a seventy year old woman, grey hair, a Russian Jew by her accent; tears were streaming down her face. She was frantically digging through her plain bag looking for the satchelof toiletries that was plainly sitting on the table in front of her, unnoticed.
“Your bottles are right here,” I showed her.
“Oh, thank you son,” she sighed in relief. “I’m just trying to get home to Florida to see my grandson. I’m so terrified that these people will lock me up.”
She was so terrified that those people would lock her up. People that were purportedly trying to keep us safe, but who were instead driving this woman, others, myself to tears with worry that one wrong move with the toothpaste could cost us time with loved ones, money, business, whatever.
The terrorists have won.
From : http://www.sempf.net...s-have-won.aspx
NOTE: I will continue to support our troops, win or lose, because they are our countrymen and live and die due to someone else's stupid orders. Our armed services are given a job to do and at the end of the day they have to listen to their bosses.. But I do not support our occupation of Iraq/Afghanistan because I believe it only exacerbates the entire "terror" issue and drives our country into devaluing the dollar more and more due to how much money is thrown at it. You want a war to fight? We could fight in our own backyard and help Mexico to help REALLY defend our country. It's much easier for someone from Mexico to terrorize our country than it is for somebody from the middle east. Which is what we're seeing in Arizona.
Edited by Saltman, 04 November 2010 - 01:26 PM.