Posted On: Monday - June 22nd 2020 5:55PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  US Police State  Orwellian Stupidity
(Apologies to Peak Stupidity readers and commenters for not getting out the post on speculation as to who's behind the latest turmoil, and not answering comments, respectively. I thought of this one just today.)
I've been told that this mask-wearing thing is not the "hill to die on". I can see the TSA unreasonable search/seizure business not being the hill to die on. What are you supposed to think, though, when you see this stuff combined together AND with the little ones involved?
There was a family of 5 going through the TSA line this morning, the kids being all small, from 2 through 5 by my estimation. They didn't have to wear the masks until getting on the airliner, so either they didn't know all these new rules, or the Mom (who was in damn good shape for having popped out 3, BTW) was concerned about the Kung Flu. I don't know. It all looked just kind of disgusting. That is not directly, as they were a good-looking family, but my thoughts of what was going on made the whole scene a disgusting display of the US Police State.
The parents were trying to get their stuff through, which included strollers and that, the TSA agents were saying take off this, take that out, go here now, wait here, you can't have this, you can have that... The little ones were cute, even in their masks, but imagine growing up with this shit as all you know so far. Blue-shirted "officers" are ordering your parents around, and your parents are stressing out, making sure your masks are on, you put your little backpack and teddy bears through, you dumped out your sippy cup, and you walk through this machine right.
Just what are these little ones going to think of this world? This is all they know about the airport, until it gets a little better on the plane, but then, on the plane EVERYBODY looks like an alien, wearing masks, the flight attendants can't do any real service, smile, or talk understandably. Well before all this, if coming from home or visiting, the family had to say goodbye to any loved ones there back at the house, or while parked at the curb of the airport, hurriedly before someone gets ticketed and towed*.
What a sad sight it was! I don't want to hear, much less sing, the star-spangled banner after seeing this thing today, with its "land of the free, home of the brave" bit. That doesn't apply anymore. Francis Scott Key called via Ouija board and said he wants his anthem back. We need a new one.
* Do you know it's only been about 18 years back to the time (well after 9/11/01) when one could go right to the terminal gate and see off the folks, or come up there to greet them off the plane?