Dr. StrangeGlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the TSA

A visitor from another galaxy might conclude from our recent news cycles that the most (ahem) pressing issue facing the American (ahem) body politic is aggressive crotch-grabbing by leering TSA agents. A veritable Rape of Nanking in latex.

But that it were so. Life would be so much simpler. Good times, good times.

Most recent news stories re recent TSA screening silliness represent (as we would expect them to) worst-of-the-worst variants of the sorts of bureaucratic stupidity and overreaching that we have come to expect, like the sun coming up in the morning, where the Federal government is concerned.

Random fact: “[A] traveler is exposed to less radiation from one [Backscatter advance imaging technology] scan than from two minutes of an airline flight.” (source) So drop that line of argument. It won’t (ahem) fly.

Yes, modesty is an argument. While I am not suggesting a moral equivalence, but a metaphor, modesty is the same reason that Islamists use to enable someone to strap on enough explosives to not just take an airplane down, but take out O’Hare in the bargain.

And mammograms are much worse than a gentle squeeze anyway.

The problem with TSA is not the stupid policy that they have in place, but the opportunity cost of not having the smart policy they don’t have in place:

Profiling. Interviewing. El Al is the biggest target in the word, and the safest airline. So of course we make sure that whatever we do, we don’t use the most effective methodologies available! That would make to much sense.

But that’s not the point of this post.

The point is there is much worse, more harrowing, make-the-hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-stand-up shit going on than whether you get felt up on the way to grandma’s house for the holidays.

We’re having a Ginned-Up Outrage Moment about a mere symptom of the utter vapidity of what passes for Federal governance lately. And that’s being kind. I’m a giver.

Did you notice the dollar is being deliberately devalued?

Did you notice that many Americans (the canaries in the coalmine) are getting letters telling them they are losing their healthcare (or gap) insurance because of ObamaCare?

Did you notice that the GOP needs constant, daily vigilance to keep them from acting out a remake of the “Fall of the Class of 1994”?

Did you notice that the “real” unemployment rate (“short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment”) is 22%?

Did you notice that there is a capital strike motivated by Leftist government-inspired uncertainty and fear?

Did you notice that the Constitution is seen by all too many Americans as a pliable, but otherwise worthless cultural artifact?

Focus.

Please.

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5 Responses to Dr. StrangeGlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the TSA

  1. Dan Draney says:

    Did you notice that the Constitution is seen by all too many Americans as a pliable, but otherwise worthless cultural artifact?
    Not that I disagree about the existence and severity other problems you mention, but I do think the TSA policy has crossed a line here. Unreasonable search is also unconstitutional, and we shouldn’t have to waive our rights to get on a plane.

    That said, I’m all for effective screening, including “profiling” as practiced by the Israelis. We currently have a sort of Security Theater, wherein we all pretend that what TSA does actually makes us safer in some way.

    Cheers,
    Dan

    • songwroter says:

      “We currently have a sort of Security Theater, wherein we all pretend that what TSA does actually makes us safer in some way.”

      I’m tweeting that. Flipping brilliant.

      So you’d rather have the DISCLOSE Act in place than a firm how-are-ya from a TSA guy?

      Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps I’m lonelier than I realized. 😀

  2. Love it. Very on point. Only disagreement I have is on Republicans – most of them seem determined to go out of their way to let constituents know they will not make the same mistake as they did in ’94. Although it’s healthy to be skeptical of politicians, it doesn’t help to unfairly criticize our own side until there’s evidence to support such criticism.

    But the rest of the post is pimp. Good job, Gringo!

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