There's a newly-convenient buzzword being bandied about in the land of the free, quite a bit lately, by people who seem hell-bent on usurping the protections offered to Americans by the U.S. Constitution. I am speaking of the term 'Bad Actor', which I am hearing more and more from politician or public safety official alike.
Sounds a positively evil and threatening prospect, doesn't it?
Yes indeed it does to me, at least, and that's surely because it's supposed to unnerve and scare somebody just like myself, and you as well, of course. It's a slogan-like soundbite beginning to bubble around seemingly everywhere in the mainstream media to make you think that you are being protected - by some Big Brother operative, in the guise of 'Uncle Sam'.
The problem, however, it seems to me, with such a broad and indiscriminate label or classification, is that even if one were to look up the definition of these two words in conjunction with one-another, they would discover that any such distinction were it to be imposed upon a U.S. Citizen, does not necessarily allude to criminal behavior at all, or moreover, to some terrorist design or intention.
Hell, 'Bad Actor' could simply be slapped upon someone who is having a bad day..
With only a preliminary examination of the term in question for the purpose of this article, one on-line dictionary, defines Bad Actor as follows :
1. A mean, ill-tempered, troublemaking, or evil person.
While another, comes up as:
1. One that consistently behaves or reacts poorly.
Let's assume for the sake of argument that you were a college student while riding a city bus to school in Houston, Texas, and some TSA official approached you while in transit and demanded to have a look in your backpack, for no apparent reason, whatsoever (yes, such things have now arrived, and will increasingly become commonplace occurrences in the United States). And let us also suppose that this governmental someone or other - invading your privacy and harassing you as such, made you feel as though you were being violated? Which, in turn, only compelled you to indignantly or passionately complain; or even to refuse to comply with the invasive and archaic procedure?
Does the above scenario, then make you a bad actor? You had better believe it will. This, of course, is only in accordance with all manner of common sense conceivable. So, hadn't you just better be afraid instead and keep your mouth shut? Might you subsequently be hauled off to some dark room or jail cell, for further interrogation for simply trying to exert some civil liberty? Or better yet, for having enough insight into human nature to understand that the denial and debasement of your individual freedom has reached near-epic proportion in the U.S. - by virtue of your hyperactive tax dollars at work, no less?
I'm not sure if its because I have always avoided flying, but whenever folks would complain about the TSA (mainly because it was localized to airports in scope), I would usually shrug their concerns off, and think to myself, If you don't like it, then why fly? I did not look at air travel as something resembling a human or basic right. Now, however, it would seem that we have got us a situation where the U.S. Government has begun to work in concert with State or local police agencies to unjustly trample all over the privacy or civil liberties of Americans, just about anywhere they might happen to be. On a bus, in a train station, along an Interstate etc, without so much as probable cause.
The presence of the TSA or The Department Of Homeland Security amid the operations of State or local public safety agencies, is unprecedented in the USA. The implications of such things are completely outrageous and will achieve nothing of consequence other than to legitimize a dominance of a Federal or central government in America over its citizenry.
When, if ever, are Americans going to begin to let their politicians and public servants know that they are too free a people to be manipulated into a perpetual state of servitude, or have their liberties short-changed by communist-type fear propaganda. When are we to decide not to subject ourselves to pure and utter paranoid bullshit, not only running rampant in the halls of Congress, but beginning to take shape in the form of police harassment within the homeland itself. That, as free individuals we will not cower before or subject our dignity to any public servant or official claiming to have only our best interest in mind?
Power and greed, thinks of nothing but itself. Does anyone truly think that those who rule America are to forever somehow be exempt from such things? Let's try to keep it all real, or historic at the least, shall we? Our very destiny, in fact, obviously depends on it.
It seems worthy to note in my estimation, that if the imposition of fear upon its citizens by some government; for whatever reasons, were to go unchallenged - or cheap, near-criminal or politically motivated buzzwords are given free reign within the mind of an American citizen, then such a poor slob of an individual will have all but unconsciously been led against their will down an unforgiving, totalitarian river of no return. And if indeed thoughts or ideas such as those which are even expressed herein - might themselves, somehow, in turn, sadly end up morphing myself into a "Bad Actor" of some obscure, accusatory sort, then so be it.
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