|Your Body is the State’s Business|
I hate flying,
and have hated it for years ever since 9/11, and have sworn never to fly again.
It’s for my blood pressure. I hate it not only because of the airlines’
treatment of passengers or customers as faceless widgets to be squeezed
together as much as possible in an airport, but also on the planes, forcing one
to come in physical contact with other passengers, many of whom one would not
otherwise wish to touch. I hate it also because of the role of the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA).
airport is a microcosm of a regulated, controlled society, an experiment in
Progressivism. The miasma of the environment is repellent if not dulling to the
senses. Modern, post-9/11 airports are intended to be soul-destroying because
the only way to exercise the government’s power is to hold one’s business and
purposes hostage and extort soul-destroying submission to the state’s will. “You
have to go there?” says the TSA. “Well, you have to get past me first. Drop your
totalitarianism. It’s not a hard concept to grasp, once one has passed through
– or rather endured – being molested, fondled, spindled, stamped, x-rayed, bar-coded, ordered
from here to there, stripped bare to reveal one’s secrets or shames, approved or
disapproved, and made to conform to the government’s measure of good and
acceptable behavior. The milieu demands total submission to the state’s will
and ends. There is certainly no ambience left to an airport, except one of
nonstop dread and mental numbness.
to be designed and planned to distract one from observing that once one is in
the clutches of the government, and also of the airlines, one has been reduced
to the status of of an assembly line cog to be processed and dispatched as
speedily as possible – speedily in terms of bureaucracy.
time when flying was somewhat romantic, something to look forward to with some
excitement. I remember being greeted by a throng of friends when I stepped off
a plane. Today, anyone not flying isn’t even allowed in most of the spaces and
byways of an airport. One’s friends, family, and well-wishers have been banned
from having any business inside an airport. One’s greeters are confined to an
area outside of the processing center.
time when there were smoking sections, when actual meals were served to
passengers instead of dispensing to hapless passengers what look like dog
biscuits or packets of pretzels, when the stewardesses were pretty and
bustling, when the seats were wider and roomier. Today, one is ensconced into
as little square footage as possible without fitting one into a tagged
subject myself anymore to it.
complicit in reducing Americans to sardines who pay for the privilege of being
stuffed like baggage into its planes.
are proving grounds to test the willingness of Americans to tolerate abuse by
employment, jobs at airports seem to be the exclusive realm of “minorities.” The
TSA is an “equal opportunity,” “affirmative action” employer. It will hire
certified dullards, perverts, thieves, and sadists, of any gender or race or
religion. Even Muslims and individuals whose command of the English language is
shaky or nonexistent.
of terminals are replete with eateries and shops of every kind. These are
called concessions, that is, businesses that are the mere stewards of whatever
has been allowed by the government for sale. Naturally, everything for sale is
taxed. They exist by government fiat. The government’s policy is to keep the passengers
fat and happy before sending the cattle to the stockyards of “security.”
yet it has neither detected nor foiled a single jihadist plot in its entire
existence. It has failed repeatedly when supposedly dangerous materials or
potential weapons have been sent through its screening system by agents testing
the system’s effectiveness in security,
which is nil. It is a police bureaucracy staffed, from top to bottom, by approximately
65,000 of the otherwise unemployable dross of the earth who take delight in
putting their moral betters through the search and fondle wringer. It practices
extortion on a scale that would make the Mafia green with envy. It exists, in
one sense, to gauge the degree to which Americans are willing to submit to its
own brand of Islam.
|The Police State, American and Nazi Styles|
jihad, it is absolutely useless. There are dozens of articles that have exposed
its ineptness in “protecting” Americans against bombers and suicide vest-clad Muslims.
Indeed, it employs Muslims, lots of them.
promised over and over again that it will reform the TSA and correct or
eliminate its criminal activities. But Congress has never been in much of a
hurry. After all, most members of Congress are exempt from being treated like warp
and woof in travel, as the electorate is. They’re special. They’re the “elite.”
pigsty’s record of the theft
of passenger property. Again, there are dozens of investigative articles that
chronicle the ubiquitous
larceny committed by TSA agents. Those blue surgical gloves worn by the
agents are supposedly worn to protect passengers from whatever nasty things the
agents or their victims have, and also they help to prevent any fingerprints from
being left behind. Computers, watches, jewelry, cartons of cigarettes, valuable
apparel – it’s all on a TSA employee’s felonious “shopping list.”
airport is a model of the kind of society Progressives and other drooling totalitarians
hanker to see America “transformed” into. It is a regulated society in which you
are accountable to the state, but the state and its anonymous minions are not
accountable to you. The modern airport is a precursor of things to come. Frankly,
it’s already here.
life prepared me, in a manner of speaking, for my last visit to an American airport
(I imagine most European airports are just as intolerable), and that was being
thrown under the bus by a landlord who, having learned that I had been visited
by an FBI/NCIS agent to warn me that this blog spot was on the radar of ISIS and
perhaps that of other terrorist organizations, decided to evict me from my
apartment. Arguing with the landlord was about as fruitless as arguing with a
TSA agent. In fact, it was counter-protective. The more reason I employed with
the landlord, the more hostility was generated against.
though the threat to me, according to the FBI agent, ranged from minimal to
nil, and that a jihadist was likely to attack anyone or everyone in the
apartment complex where I lived, I somehow posed a “risk” to my fellow tenants.
The landlord was concerned with the “safety” of her tenants. A knowledge of Islamic
and Muslim “culture” and ways was a verboten subject, not to be discussed with
the landlord. She did not wish to know anything about them. Bringing up the
subject of the Orlando massacre was futile. The landlord was proof against
reason. I had been writing about Islam for decades, and not once had ever been
threatened by a jihadist, nor even sent a nasty comment or had my Facebook page
invaded by pro-Islam or pro-immigrants in search of signs of “Islamophobia,” it
been nominally risking his life while defending the right of Americans to speak
freely about Islam and the federally subsidized and encouraged invasion of the
country by the ciphers of an alien and hostile ideology, must be shown the gate
and risk being killed. You must be sacrificed for the health and welfare of
your fellow tenants and neighbors, who may or may not have anything to say
about Islam. Your jeopardy and safety are of no concern.
left me wondering: Is the landlord a secret agent of ISIS? Is she a Taliban
tart? An al-Qaeda airhead? Or is she one of those Progressives who refuse to
think in terms of fundamentals, unable and unwilling to venture into the
broader scheme of things?
uprooting my life at the behest of a callow paragon of mental thickness.
missed her calling. She could investigate, instead of being a private property manager,
becoming a TSA administrator. She certainly has the temperament and