Homeland Security has been a poisonously paranoid ideology. It’s encouraged us all to live like Hutarees.
If we Americans can’t bring our addiction to the thrill of terror under control, our liberty may well die at our own hands, as we slouch into a collective identity of paranoid delusion.
When the government’s security measures result in a kiss being interpreted as a national emergency, a potential terrorist threat, it’s a sign that the security has gone much too far.
An emergency might exist sometime in the future, which is why the Obama Administration is claiming the legal power now to overrule laws as it is only supposed to do whenever an emergency is in progress.
Torch and pitchfork mob approach to dealing with problems is being seen again, in the Summer of 2009 Health Care Reform Scare Fest. People are making all sorts of wild accusations about health care reform, saying that making health care more accessible and affordable is going to end up killing people, and interfering with the normal relationship between a patient and his or her insurance company.
The surprise in Tom Ridge’s book isn’t that the color code terrorist advisory system is a sham. The surprise is that a former member of the Department of Homeland Security is willing to admit to the sham.
We must not go to war. For one thing, we can’t go to war. Thanks to Barack Obama’s decision to keep Americans in Iraq with a slow withdrawal, and to add new American soldiers to the fighting in Afghanistan, we don’t have the sufficient military force for an invasion and occupation of North Korea.
If you believe government agents are out to get you by having you eat supermarket vegetables, well, I suppose that heirloom vegetable seeds may appeal to you as well.
Can we please cut the Code Orange, please? Isn’t it time that we all deserved a little Code Aquamarine, or Code Taupe, or Code Periwinkle?
Why is there all the hype about weapons of mass destruction, and no Commission on the Prevention of Conventional Weapons Proliferation and Terrorism? The answer is depressingly simple.
It doesn’t send a positive message that Democratic Party officials are getting special police protection from bicycles. If I were head of the Democratic National Committee, I’d make sure to issue an official statement condemning the paranoid police pursuit of bicycles – and I’d tell the Denver Police to back off.