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 CHRISTmas Musings.....
Joe-bob 2k posts, incept 2007-09-18

The war of 1776 was for freedom and the US had approximately 50,000 in casualties. These days, we have around 30,000-40,000 deaths due to traffic accidents EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Compare this to the most successful terrorist attack on the US ever with 3,000 casualties. ie we have over ten times the casualties to our country EVERY SINGLE YEAR and we consider it to be just another part of doing business. The people who died in 911 are no more AND no less important than the Americans who died just trying to get to work this past year - they too were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, etc. They too were Americans tragically killed, but we have virtually no national grieving, no memorials being demanded, no changes to the way we conduct our lives or our transportation being demanded.

The nation takes the hit of a loss of 30-40k every single year and keeps going without a reaction that goes against the intent of the Constitution & its founders, without action that humiliates human beings such as the recent TSA actions. The founding fathers fought a war with losses of 50k to prevent much lesser indignities than we now adopt as a reaction to a one-time loss of 3k while losing 40k a year in TRAFFIC with hardly batting an eye.

Maybe it is okay to pull back on the security stuff, to the extent of respecting the freedom of American citizens and basic human dignity and know that every now and then we'll just have to take the hit of an airliner or two over the course of a decade in stride. Trying to have total control soas to prevent terrorism in the country is like trying to have total control of your house to prevent ALL germs from existing there... yes, germs are a concern, but seriously adopting an all-out no-germs-in-my-house-whatsoever policy would take over and eventually destroy your life and the lives of anyone living there. Instead, we clean to a reasonable extent and get sick every once in awhile. This allows us to lead relatively useful, relatively happy, relatively meaningful lives compared to the alternatives.

Merry Christmas, all...

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