My Country is Better Than Yours

In the last few weeks watchdog organizations have been slowly uncovering more and more alarming examples of our nation’s sense of patriotism being used to justify decided un-American activities. Blogs were bubbling over allegations from Walter Murphy that he was forced to talk to an airline employee the last time he flew. Quite a few blogs suggested that he might just be a paranoid liberal professor, but I think that if it actually happened, this dialogue makes it sound pretty serious:

“Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that.”

It could be likely that it was a false positive because of the use of his name as a terrorist alias, but I think this event calls into question the soundness of a no-fly list. Professor Murphy was guilty of only speaking out against the Bush administration. This kind of singling out of a suspected terrorist does more good than bad at this point, but what if it were to extend to other fields? Its not a huge hassle to force Professor Murphy to talk to security personnel, but the same rational could be used to stop Professor Murphy from getting a loan, or buying fertilizer for his lawn. I think that the Bush administration is dangerously getting far into the land of nationalism.

On a marginally unrelated note, RedState has a silly article that calls Harry Reid un-American and, as usual, does it in poor taste.

On an even more unrelated note, I’m a little sad that Boris Yeltsin is dead. I’d say that it was unexpected, but only because no one has thought about him in nearly a decade. In order to honor him I listened to Broom by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Solid album from a solid band with a solid dead guy in their name. Check out the song ‘Pangea,’ the chorus is awesome: “Pangea, we used to be together, why’d we have to drift apart?” 2 eProps if you get the joke.

Pangea – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

If you like it, I suggest you buy the rest of the album on iTunes, its great.


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