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