What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
So much for bringing makeup, hair gel, or toothpase on an airplane. Now, all liquids and gels are banned from being taken on board and airplane, in response to a recent attempt by “Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom” to create an ad-hoc bomb on an airplane flying between the U.K. and the U.S.
For more info, check out the FOX News article.
Bush is saying that American flyers will be “inconvenienced for a while” in order for officials to keep them safe.
That’s all well and good, but at what point does it end? At what point does the government stop encroaching upon the simple liberties of its citizens in an attempt to provide security? It’s not just about makeup.. it’s also about privacy of records, gun possession, online search data, and a slew of other methods being used by the government to make America more secure.
I understand the need for protection and security, but where do we draw the line? And who draws the line? Well, I think that’s more of a rhetorical question since the answer is obvious, but the answer is also scary. It seems to me that America, post 9/11, is leaning more closely to a police state than it is a free nation.
Am I wrong?
UPDATE: You can now bring liquids on a plane that were bought in a secure airport area, or toiletries from home that can fit in a quart-size ziploc bag. Oh joy!