Friday, September 5, 2008
I am so tired of fear- of scare tactics used constantly - of so many "security measures" being used to distract us from what we should really fear.
Sylvia, in a wonderful blog post at The View from Over the Hill, has told us about her experience trying to get through security in an airport. My own experiences have not been so extensive, but just as annoying I'm sure. After all, I have had a knee replacement, partly metal. I have a doctor's note about it, but that is always ignored. They continually check me out for hidden weapons. One security officer actually told me that, "It's probably nothing more than a foil wrapper on chewing gum, but we have to check." Well, it wasn't a foil wrapper. It wasn't loose change in my pocket. It wasn't jewelry or buttons. It was my knee!!! They always eventually and reluctantly concede that it must be my knee. But that's very strange, because things like that "...never set off the alarm". No. Of course not.
Meantime, while they are concentrating on the little old gray haired lady who walks with a cane, six real terrorists are probably scooting right past.
The cane stops them too. It's a solid wood cane, but it has a silver band near the top. They try and try to pry it apart at that band. I think it's pretty obvious that it doesn't come apart, but one of these days, one of them is going to break the top off trying.
But what should we be afraid of, as Americans? Gee. I wonder. Could it be that we should worry about illegal wire tapping and about our so-called leaders ignoring the Constitution, and arbitrary arrests and confiscation of private property? Should it be the national debt and the nightmare of our present economy? Should it be the disrespect and scorn with which we are now viewed by other countries of the world who formerly held us in high regard?
Yes. We should be afraid. but not of the other guy.