Friday, November 19, 2010
By Paul Martin

by Beverly Eakman
November 19, 2010

The latest civil rights flap over groping and body scanning of Americans at the gloved hands of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is symptomatic of a much larger effort. It’s a push see how much our nation’s lawmakers can get away with before the inevitable massive backlash kicks in. Look at any daily newspaper or online news service, regardless of political stripe, and you’ll find evidence that our country’s leaders and their lapdogs in the bureaucracy are racing to finish what they started some 40 years ago — crafting a highly regimented and regulated America in the European model.

Constitutionally minded Americans tend to see the culprits as socialists or outright Marxists and fascists, but that’s not quite accurate. Capital Hill is awash in people who basically believe that the Founders’ vision was unsustainable to begin with, and that as time went on, new waves of immigrants, along with a native population more accustomed to comfort than venture, would demand more than self-determination and liberty. This idea was encouraged through institutions of learning at all levels, beginning in the 1950s (via UNESCO and the National Education Association) until today this viewpoint is an article of faith. Rugged individualism, self-sufficiency and excellence — all ideals once seen as virtuous, are now considered indicators of mental illness — red flags for antisocial, “loner” instincts averse to becoming “team players.”

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