Say what you will, but I’ve watched America go from being a land of the “fairly free” towards becoming the steel walled domain of a Police State.
Say what you will, but our creation of the NSA, with all its liberties to “spy” on us and others is a quick step towards creating our own version of a Russian KGB, along with the ‘revised’ instructions which have taken place over time in law enforcement training, allowable techniques, and the hard eye which continues to scrutinize the public in greater and deeper detail.
The fact is, I’ve watched terrorism bring, along with a lot of other things (lest we forget the beyond-measure cost in human suffering), increased rules and restrictions, and more formal (and detailed) protocols – some generated out of plain paranoia – to be observed. It’s gotten worse, not better, and it’s true: September 11, 2001 “changed the world” in a lot of ways – but it was coming long before that day.
I remember in the old days when getting on an airplane didn’t mean anything. You bought a ticket, got on, and flew. But in the early 1970’s, when ‘terrorism’ meant someone had hijacked an airplane – it began. First they started locking the doors between the cabin and the pilot; now they’ve got Marshals with guns . . .
I wouldn’t be surprised to see body cavity searches become a ‘standard procedure’ at the airport, too. All it would take would be a non-detected explosive device shoved up someone’s rectum . . . and boom! – there ya go. (Bend over folks – just a minute there – lemme git a new glove on . . .)
Each time there is an “event of consequence” it seems the consequence is more rules and regulations. For the most part they’re approved by – and for – (get this one!) – the American Public. Yes, “we” are the ones making the rules, though the loudest voice from the smallest majority can sometimes make the choice. It all depends and matters on who stands up and shouts the most . . .
I halfway s’pect that pressure cookers are going to become illegal or something like that. Maybe you’ll have to get a background check to buy one in the future sometime. Who knows? This American Public we’ve got is so diverse and divided . . .
Personally I think things are going to be a mix of Orson Wells’ “1984“ and Aldus Huxley’s “Brave New World” (where the children are in creches, being raised by the state – and environmentally ‘altered’ before birth on to fit in a certain niche). A lot of children aren’t being raised by their parents. They’re being raised by day care centers. Who decides what goes – and doesn’t go – at a day care center? Most of the ‘care’ is regulated by government. It’s ‘modernized’, uniform – a presentation of society and its rules. For a child going to daycare more than 40 hours a week – it becomes a way of life. The same with school.
Who is teaching who there? The teachers? or the government?
How does social tyranny begin? How can it succeed – over the years? (thinking of the tale of the frog in boiling water – proven false, ya know.)
Usually it begins with the people asking, demanding, or begging the government to “take care of them”. (It started with Social Security here, in the United States.) Make them safe – from themselves, and everything else. And that requires everybody watching everyone else, and reporting to the “proper authorities” any ‘wrong’ they perceive having been done – as well as having a diverse and massive “police force” to monitor and look for wrongs . . .
Funny thing is: Get enough people calling a right “wrong” long enough and it becomes a wrong – in that society. They make rules about it. That’s what got the Holocaust started. When the people call for a rule to their right to something. And then go about restricting it in order to make themselves seem safe – or feel safe, anyway.
I can’t even buy a decent fertilizer anymore due to those damned terrorists. All they’ve terrorized are my tomatoes . . . and the ability to take a relaxing flight through the air.
I wonder what new restrictions this newest “Act of Terror” that happened in Boston is going to spawn. Like mushrooms and weeds these things grow: you aren’t allowed to carry a bag down the sidewalk (perhaps) – or if you have one, it had better have been inspected and sealed (by a TSA agent, no less?). (and we’ll say ‘yes!’ – we the American public, believing this will do ‘the trick’ – this’ll make us safe . . . from ourselves and others . . .)
We’ve already got metal detectors at schools; soon (and none too late!) electronic locks – more infrastructure to be manned, more expenses to take . . .
and still, then, we’ll never be sure we got all the holes closed.
Are we willing to accept a police state for our survival? It seems with the way things are going, we are. But how far are we willing to go – or as things have turned out, going to let “them” (the authorities and whatnot) – take us? Are you willing to have all cellphone calls monitored? What about a National DNA database? (already going on). While, as some who profess not to care say: “What does it matter if you’re doing nothing wrong?” – do you really want someone to know how, and with what frequency you masturbate? When you laid your last turd – and what you ate?
The fact is government intrusion is a necessary ingredient of a “safe state” – but it’s a hallmark characteristic of a police state as well. When its citizens refuse to behave themselves, “the law” has to come cracking down. When social rights and mores and wrongs and values become confused, “somebody” has got to define them. When ‘they’ (the children, teens) see one thing on TV (or school) and then are told something else (by their parents or their peers or something else). WE are the ones responsible for the creation of our own police state. Not “them”, the terrorists. They simply force us to make the rules – and ‘we’ end up obeying them. “They” don’t.
And that’s what makes them terrorists. Look at them: they have succeeded. They’ve changed our way of life.
Welcome to the United States of America.
Now let us get those handcuffs on . . .