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Pat Downs

It was the talk of the week. Do you think being patted down when going through security at the airport is or is not an invasion of your civil liberties? To be honest, I don’t understand the question.

Ten percent of America’s working population is out of work. We are fighting so many wars that I can’t even think about it without great sadness. We have 50,000 troops in South Korea, a tiny little country that shouldn’t have anything more than American tourists buying bamboo at the airport. We rank 18th out of 36th in industrial nations in the world in the education of our children. We have an obesity problem in our country that means our children will not live as long as we will, and we owe so much money to China that I feel as if we will have turn over the next generation’s first born if we aren’t careful. But, let’s face it, they probably wouldn’t want them. And, what brings my country to a collective roar of outrage? Virtual strip-searches at airports. Please tell me you are kidding me.

I was patted down the last time I went through security at LAX a month or so ago. I never questioned whether it violated anything. It took a minute or so, and then I was on my way to my flight. Did I love it? Nope. Did I question it? Not for a minute.

My friend Cathryn just returned from India, where she said she was patted down by Indian military women before she went into the Taj Mahal and other tourist places. She suggested that we have military personnel do it like India does. I wish we had enough military personnel to put them at airports. Oh yeah, they are doing their third and fourth tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, with unfortunate consequences for their mental health, so we don’t have the personnel. Why aren’t you people screaming about that? What is wrong with this picture?

Israel has offered to help us train our peeps at airports, and I definitely think we should do that. Apparently, they ask questions of people going through security, rather than searching them personally, and based on how people respond they know whether to be concerned or not. That makes sense to me.

I was talking to a friend about the whole thing, and she said something that made me laugh. She said she was way too vain to blow herself up in protest of something. It made me wonder why we don’t have people blowing themselves up in our country? There was the lady who called 911 in a rage after McDonald’s wouldn’t refund her the cost of her hamburger when she didn’t like it. She might have been a recruit.

Here is my bottom line: I thank the US of A for fighting back and not changing the way we live in this country, no matter what the cost.