America is rejecting the non-discriminatory principle, as its consequences become unbearable
It is among the evils, and perhaps is not the smallest, of democratical governments, that the people must feel, before they will see. When this happens, they are roused to action—hence it is that this form of government is so slow.It should have happened nine years ago, when President Bush, in order to avoid ethnic profiling of Muslims, inaugurated the “treat all Americans as potential Muslim terrorists” regime in the nation’s airports, instead of doing what he should have done, which was to treat all potential Muslim terrorists as potential Muslim terrorists. But now it is happening: the American people are openly calling for profiling. Why? As I’ve said many times, quoting George Washington, people living in a democratic society will not resist an evil on the basis of reason alone; they will only resist it when it becomes unbearable to them. The American people should have regarded the humiliating and emasculating airport security regime of the last nine years, designed solely to avoid discriminating against Muslims, as unbearable and protested against it, but they didn’t. Now, however, the naked-body-scan-and-grope policy has accomplished what nine years of a somewhat lower level of mass humiliation in airports did not achieve: it has brought the liberal prohibition of discrimination to the point where it has become literally unbearable to us, and we are rising up against it.
Thus Kevin O’Brien writes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a Democratic newspaper:
The truth is, the other side keeps proving that even though they’re incompetent at bomb-making, they’re good at beating our defense. It’s time we let our offense on the field.
David M. writes:
It was about a year after the Muslim attack on New York and DC. My hair and beard were still red then. I was given the “hold your arms out” bit at St. Louis airport three times in a space of 30 minutes. I finally got a bit peeved and looked directly into the eye of the inspector. “Do I look like a Muslim to you?” Without missing a beat he replied “With your looks? No, but you COULD be Irish Republican Army … !”Clark Coleman writes:
It is a start, but it is really a case of “America is making an unprincipled exception to the non-discriminatory principle.” I don’t think people are consciously philosophical enough to reject the principle in the many cases where they do not yet feel the problem.LA replies:
From the various statements I’ve seen in this debate, I would say that people are indeed rejecting non-discriminatory principle, as it applies to airport security and Muslims. So, yes, it’s less than a full rejection of the non-discriminatory principle across the board. But it is definitely more than a mere unprincipled exception.November 27
Debra C. writes:
I’ve been following the discussion and writing about TSA over-reach during the week at a number of other websites. It’s a debate rife with angles, implications, and passion—for those who understand the stakes. But one aspect I’d discounted was this point you made:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 26, 2010 07:24 AM | Send