Originally Posted by segovius
This has got me thinking though.....was there EVER a time when there wasn't some form of fear exerted on to the populace?
Fear helps keep the rabble under control. Those in control like it that way; it's been their preference for centuries.
Life is unpredictable and occasionally tragic, yet people crave predictability with such fervor that they'll settle for the illusion of it. Don't think so? Consider that when a horrific event occurs, such as the WTC attacks, the JFK assassination, even a hurricane like Katrina, some prefer to console themselves that it was an "inside job" - that someone with nefarious intent must have orchestrated some tragedy for their personal gain. Evil prospers in the aftermath of these events, less so by the acts themselves. Fear is evil's currency, and we're paying. The so-called "news media" thrives upon it.
As far as security is concerned, airport TSA is theater
. Nothing more. Its intrusiveness has already compromised the liberty hundreds of thousands fought and died for us to enjoy. The TSA can do nothing prevent another terrorist attack - as you said, if bad guys really wanted to hurt us, they could in any number of creative ways. Perhaps they will. It's nearly certain their next attack will bear little resemblance to their last though. Like life, they're not predictable. Yet the fearful among us (and there are many) will beg and plead for their nanny-state government to do something
- anything! Take our freedoms, take our guns, search our homes, my wife's bra, my child's crotch.
Shred the damn Constitution. It's only temporary, right? The DHS threat level will surely go back to some friendlier color real soon now, right? Just give us back our illusion of safety.
Bread, circuses... and fear. Nothing changes.