I do not think the government is out to scare people. What would that accomplish?
You show your age in that one, Jcs. Fear is a great weapons that many governments have used over history. Fear, in this case, it to accept whatever the hell the government says-as you do-in keeping us "safe". Even though the price of feeling "safe" is giving up freedoms and considering ideas, foreign and domestic, that once were unthinkable. Fear, in this case, can guarnantee votes for one person. I think they have used fear as a weapon, and they will continue to do so to suit their own political agenda.
However, if I was you, I'd be begging the government to be tougher...
It depends where they get tougher, Jcs. If it means hunting down Al Qaeda and giving them no quarter, that's fine. But if it means subjecting people who are no threat to this nation to the indignity of being photographed and fingerprinted like a common criminal; if it means putting fighter jets on every freaking aircraft that approaches JFK
; if it means closing our borders, than that's just lunacy, and the terrorists win by default.
We're putting way too many of our resources towards things that will do absolutely nothing to make us safer-and that included the continuing war in Iraq. It hasn't made one dent in making us more secure. Get tougher with the terrorists, not thos who are it's potential victims.
As for myself, yeah, I am mildly afraid of another terrorist attack occuring.
Bullshit. You reek of terror, my young friend. You're willing to do ANYTHING to stop an attack. You're willing to throw away every freedom, every liberty, everything that we've taken for granted for the last 100 years, just for the ILLUSION of feeling safer. Well, I'm not willing to do that. I'm not willing to live in a police state just to be free. There used to be a saying "Better dead than Red", which meant, in it's simplest form, that one would rather die than live under the boot of a police state. Well, it still hold true for many Americans. What is it worth, if we give up everything we've been for 200 years, simply for the illusion of safety? Sorry, you can go on being frightened to death, and be willing to show papers anytime you leave your own state, which it may yet come to under these lunatics in Washington. I'd rather be dead than be a prisoner in my own land, son.
I just don't want to ever have to see 3,000 dead people lying in a pile of rubble again.
Neither do I, but they would have died in vain if we continue down this path of paranoia and fear, and worrying about every shadow that passes overhead. They died for NOTHING, if we don't perserver, and keep our freedoms in tact. Again, you go be scared. I'm too busy being a free person to live in such stinking terror.
Quit being such a reactionary Alpha1. You also know that if this was a Democrat in the White House you'd be praising their efforts for aviation security.
Jcs, I'm being dead serious, and I'd feel the same way if it were a Democrat. I'm not like you-I don't blindly root for one side, and blindly root against the other in domestic politics. I'm not forsworn to voting Democratic as your are in voting GOP. You'd vote for Satan himself if he declared he was a Republican. I'm not a mindless robot in that regard as you are.