The museum stayed open. No metal detectors were installed. And instead of coddling The Thinker after his attack, instead of sequestering him indoors behind a thick glass panel, instead of succumbing to fear, museum officials decided to put him back in his rightful spot among the people.
That's what America used to look like.
Since 911, we've collectively caved to Osama bin Laden and the terror he and his associates cast upon us. The latest and perhaps most egregious affront is part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the much derided indefinite detention provisions.
For those who believe that these provisions are limited to swarthy complected men with foreign sounding names, take a trip to the airport. Everyone takes off their shoes. Everyone gets ogled. Everyone will be subject to getting secretly thrown into a hole forever for no official reason. The new twist is that this nightmare won't be unfolding in Istanbul, but Poughkeepsie.
"But it's keeping us safe," says the doe-eyed blinking suburbanite from the warm interior of her Escalade.
Dick Cheney was the evil king of the fear mongers. He got Bush and the rest of Washington on board easily enough with the Patriot Act. Now Obama's subscribed and led us beyond the point of no return. Goodbye privacy, goodbye due process, goodbye innocent until proven guilty. I'm talking to you, John Doe. Don't like my rant? Let Dan Carlin tell you all about it.
To everyone who decries the construction of a mosque or derides fellow Americans based on their religion, behold the fruition of your bigotry: the inevitable and already-in-progress destruction of the United States Constitution.
Oh to be like my brave brave Thinker, so fearless and pure and victorious.
* * *