I find it to be amazing fun that we have such a Golden Opportunity to mock the stupidity of "the powers that be" this Thanksgiving travel season. The ridiculous and aggressive nature of the TSA toward grandmothers and children, and ALL of us, is not making anybody safe. And the "Porno Scanners" just take the cake and show what a bunch of perverts and deviants are running things. Absolutely, enough is enough. And in order to let them know this Holiday Season that we are no longer afraid of them, and that we are drawing the line in the sand, right here, right now, I propose that we all show up to the screening counter with our luggage and boarding passes and not one stitch of clothing. It's exactly the kind of prank Ben Franklin would have approved of.
What we need around here is a little laughter to shake everyone up, and to draw common sense back into the dialogues about public policy, financial terrorism, banker crimes, political crimes, and how we are going to put things back on track. I still cannot swallow the whole "terrorist behind every tree" mentality that the mass media and powers that be want us to accept, especially when all they have been able to do this year is to explode a suspicious stuffed pony at a children's school. It's like watching a bad Saturday Night Live skit. There is simply not enough threat to justify these levels of invasion to our privacy, especially now that the pilots are armed and the cockpits are secure. Other countries' methods of screening work just fine without the pornographic image element, and we need to push back and demand that sanity and common decency return to daily life. It's now or never. We can't allow them to treat us like common criminals just because we want to travel. We need to reject the idea that there are terrorists running around everywhere trying to kill us all because IT IS NOT TRUE.
Since I am disabled and with chronic pain and mobility problems, I will not able to participate in this protest, especially since I would risk the goons assaulting me and making my condition worse. I am not sure I would live through it, frankly. The pain is awful and I am fragile. But trust me when I say that I would fully support such a demonstration of our unity as Americans, who cherish the values of freedom, liberty, the belief of the Good Nature of Mankind, and the ideal of "innocent until proven guilty". If we are going to let the goons strip search us all with an x-ray machine, would it not make more sense just to get naked and skip the health risks? I think so.
DaveyS is a 5th-generation Texan now living in California, a proud liberal (product of the public education system in North Texas!), and a staunch critic of conservative policies that are destroying our nation.