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Strange Bedfellows and the TSA

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Posted on November 22 2010 3:16 pm
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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Some folks may remember, back in their misspent youth, waking up with a stranger next to them. A disconcerting experience, to say the least, and certainly a stellar argument against excessive alcohol consumption.

Well, anybody notice who’s lying in bed with us this morning?

The ACLU and many on the Left.

They are concerned about the TSA assault on our civil liberties, and we should welcome their partnership on the issue. That being said, they’re pretty quick to blame us for this situation:

“But conservatives bear a lot of blame for their current predicament. This comprehensive assault on individual freedom didn’t occur in a vacuum; it occurred because conservatives were successful in frightening Americans into choosing security over liberty every time the choice was before them, and because America’s elected officials take being blamed for a terrorist attack more seriously than their oath to protect the Constitution.”

The Leftists may have a small point here. Certainly, arguments against the Patriot Act, for example, included the phrase “slippery slope.”

However, the Leftists fail to make a key distinction. Can you spot it here (from the Leftist American Prospect)?

“As the holidays approach, conservatives livid over the new procedures might take a moment during the humiliating inconvenience of a virtual strip search or TSA grope session to think about what indefinite detention in an island prison or a week of forced sleep deprivation feels like. The peril of provoking mass panic every time an incompetent terrorist lights himself on fire might become more apparent.”

This quote shows how the Left misses the point entirely, but first a quick rebuttal to their deluded impression that fear of the terrorist threat is something that has been “ramped up” by conservatives for political gain. “Peril of provoking mass panic,” indeed. It doesn’t take but 30 seconds of Googling to find out what Islam would like to do to the West. And then there’s the solid and tragic evidence in front of us (aka what has already happened):

So this idea that conservatives are just trying to scare us all, and that if we ignore the Islamists they’ll stop their temper tantrum, is patently ridiculous.

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