I have to say, flying is a real drag these days, but the recent uproar over TSA strikes me as kind of immature. I completely agree with what my friend Dave had to say on the subject, which is reprinted below:
I am fairly underwhelmed by the whole “don’t touch my junk” uproar. To me it’s just another example of magical American thinking, and a good illustration of the meaningless of what passes for conservative thought when deeper issues are left unaddressed.Yes we should be upset by the fact that we have an overly intrusive security check, but our hostility should be first directed at the open immigration polices, multiculturalism, and pacificism that are the root of the problem. If we want to simultaneously a) let the third world flood into the West, b) ignore the reality of Islam, c) refuse to security profile based on race and religion, and d) fight foreign wars with kid gloves, we are going to have to put up with being constantly humiliated. You can’t have it both ways. If you don’t want to be groped, don’t fly, but I would personally rather not be blown out the sky by a slightly more competent underwear bomber. Yes the typical American doesn’t deserve to have his privacy violated by some TSA drone, but the typical American also insists that Islam is the religion of peace.