Another Brick in the Wall
I’ve pretty much bottled up my rants lately. They’re comprised of just so many words bitten off and spit into the air or the internet ether. How much rage can I carry around in this heart buried deep under the double DCups? Plenty. How often can I express that rage without it becoming meaningless, dismissed so that it’s out of the way of the things that matter to people.
American Idol is fresh into a new season, dontcha know?
In the past, I have given voice to my fear that we are heading down a cultural, political path of dangerous corporate-sponsored nationalism. I shall not even utter that blasted F word. And I don’t mean fuck.
And so I sit, procrastinating from the work that keeps the roof over our heads and the food on our table because meh, it matters not if I give a little or give a lot the results are the same. Mediocrity, disappointment, the it’s never good enough blues. But I can put my work off for another
twenty minutes hour and half while I write this quick note to those of you who care, who understand that we might be sinking to levels of complacency that may be the reason we sleepwalked our way through history.
Yesterday, I read two posts on Ragebot that got my attention. They stood out to me, not because they apply so much to my life at this very moment, but because, taken together, they highlight more of the slow slide into oblivion that our rumored freedoms are taking.
Both stories focus on actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security in recent days. The first is the story about a new driver’s license initiative put in place by the DHS. As explained by Frogette:
DHS will now require those born after Dec. 1, 1964 to have a Homeland Security approved driver’s license in order to board a plane. Not drive mind you, just to fly. Oh, and you have until 2014 to comply. Boomers have until 2017 because, as we all know they’re slower on the uptake.
The second Ragebot post was just as disturbing. Posted by Kvatch, who explains….
With little fanfare, and as little review, new travel rules went into effect on the 19th of February that may have a profound effect on the ability and willingness of Americans to travel abroad.
The Department of Homeland Security has placed an odious new requirement on international air travel to, from, and over the United States. Where previously passenger lists had to be supplied to DHS within 15 minutes of a US bound flight taking off, now those lists must be made available in advance and every passenger must be given “permission” by DHS to board the flight in question. Think about that for a second. A passport is no longer sufficient to allow you to travel abroad, and DHS have given themselves the ability to deny you reentry to the United States…indefinitely
Now I don’t plan international travel anytime soon, but so what? This kind of measure makes you wonder if we’re being hemmed in using methods that go unreported by the corporate media. Which also begs the question….”Does the media even seek out this kind of information anymore?”
As each of these “initiatives” are put into place and we just line up like so many sheep and take our shoes off in airport security lines and let cops check our backpacks in subway stations and get pulled aside because we don’t have the right kind of drivers license…..
What is the alternative? Listen, friends, if you comply because you have no other legal choice, no matter how fucking stupid or inane or meaningless the law is, what do you call that?
Did I just hear you say “survival?” Yeah.
Are we approaching the line where some or many of us could be considered criminal because we simply don’t agree with the laws that are supposed to make us feel safe? You don’t actually think that Bushies are sitting around some mahogany conference table trying to protect citizens, do you? Profits, yes. People? Doubtful. We’re a renewable resource.
The idea that our government can truly protect us from every possible terrorist scenario is stunted thinking. Of course we want our government to take steps to prevent these kinds of things from happening, but, frankly, we ‘d be so much better served if our government would address the larger issues that create terrorists in the first place.
Yeah, I know, just more words.