The theory - perhaps by now it seems like a quaint anachronism - on which the nation was founded is, or was: Government is instituted to protect preexisting natural rights essential to the pursuit of happiness. Today, that pursuit often requires flying, which sometimes involves the wanding of 3-year-olds and their equally suspect teddy bears.
What the TSA is doing is mostly security theater, a pageant to reassure passengers that flying is safe. Reassurance is necessary if commerce is going to flourish and if we are going to get to grandma's house on Thursday to give thanks for the Pilgrims and for freedom. If grandma is coming to our house, she may be wanded while barefoot at the airport because democracy—or the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment; anyway, something—requires the amiable nonsense of pretending that no one has the foggiest idea what an actual potential terrorist might look like.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Krauthammer and Will on the "Don't touch my junk" issue
Must-reads from Charles Krauthammer and George Will on John Tyner's "Network" moment: