26 January 2015
It’s for our safety and security, we are told. Yes, our governments want to “protect” us, they say. I don’t accept that lie. What I see today is governments (yes, plural) acting to protect themselves from citizens.
Here in my tiny county of Rockwall (smallest of 254 Texas counties), I must empty my pockets before entering the county courthouse. Looking back over my shoulder a backward glance, such was not always the case. It started with searches of persons entering district court, but soon expanded to searches of all persons entering our temporary courthouse. Now, all visitors entering, those who are not there for court business but simply to do business with everyday county officers must undergo the indignity of a search of their persons. How does this square with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
For almost 50 years I have been conducting business on military bases. Up until a few years ago, my drivers license and later insurance certificate, those items and common sense police work were sufficient to gain me access. In fact, for many years I drove onto Sheppard AFB and NAS Fort Worth JRB with even less identification. No longer. Now “every citizen a suspect” and deeply personal, often invasive, searches of one’s person is de rigueur.
In today’s Hollywood actors and actresses (the female gender) who expose their allegiance to our great nation or confess their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob become pariahs unworthy of top billing.
Welcome to an America where the rule of law, Constitutional protections of individual liberty and common sense have gone the way of the dodo bird.
For you too young to know what I’m talking about, here below is a video of the most celebrated entertainers of my youth singing blessings over our beloved country.
Where are we today? The pastor where our president attended church for over 20 years curses America.
One can argue ‘context’ until blue in the face. One cannot argue facts in evidence.
I long for the America in which I was born and raised. The America where we freely moved about without government restraint or invasive searches. The America where I would pay for my airline tickets in cash or personal check and not raise suspicion of my person. We didn’t remove our shoes or submit to groin searches or naked body scans. We were treated as valued customers. Where are we today? I see TSA agents, Muslim women in religious garb, inspecting ME. ME? I am the suspicious person? God have mercy on us.