Tuesday the Huffington Post ran a story in which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was warning against the “very real” threat of another terrorist attack. Great. What did he expect me to do, move into his bunker with him?
Once again a government official was warning me to “be afraid, be very afraid” of the invisible terrorist who might materialize from somewhere — anywhere! — to find me among millions of Americans and blow me to smithereens. Well, dammit, I’m getting sick and tired of it! I’m tired of my country looking and feeling like an armed camp, with barricades and guards at every public venue. I’m tired of being treated like I might be a terrorist. This is my country; I’m not the enemy! Stop listening in on my phone calls and tracking my Internet activity. Stop nosing through my luggage at the airport and patting me down like I’ve got a bomb tucked where the sun don’t shine. You see this gray hair? You see this birth certificate? I’m old enough to be your mother and I’m every bit the loyal, patriotic American you and your gestapo government buddies are.
My comment on HuffPo:
I refuse to wallow anymore in the horror and grief that was 9/11. I refuse to watch any of the 9/11 programming that the networks want to foist on me. And I will not live in fear of some terrorist boogeyman. Terrorism does not even make the Top 100 list of things that might kill me. I am far more afraid of my own overreaching government that claims to be “protecting” me while it takes away some of my most basic constitutional rights and freedoms.
Stop the ongoing disproportionate overreaction to a one-time tragedy. Stop the navel-gazing and the rehashing and the what-ifs. Stop giving the terrorists the victory they couldn’t accomplish by themselves. Stop turning American against American, Christian against Muslim. Stop insisting we live in fear. Stop building Fortress America and get back to building America the Beautiful.