All I can say is God save the Republic.
Ben Franklin was right on two counts - his comments about (a) liberty and temporary safety and (b) "a Republic if you can keep it."
You can solace in the fact that I am in the minority on this. The bad news is the fact that means the grand experiment has failed.
When Mesa Airlines Flight 6264 landed at Lindbergh Field in San Diego the pilot was instructed to taxi to a remote area of the airport where some 35 passengers were taken off the plane and escorted onto two buses, reports City News Service.
"When we landed and quickly did a U-turn on the runway, I was like, 'They never do that.' Then, all the cars started coming and it was obvious that it was for our plane. That was the scary part," one passenger told KGTV.
Handling this situation required emergency security procedures at two separate airports, the FBI, fire department, bomb squad, police, etc. all at a cost to the taxpayer, and inconvenience of people and passengers at the airports.
This woman is lucky that they only blew up her suitcase and she was not charged with anything.
Her bomb comment was what caused her to give up her liberty. Not the fact that she was snippy. Had she said she they couldnt have found a tampon or something equally harmless that she hid, it would have been different.
Dont use Ben Franklins phrase wrongly it is my favorite, and on my wall. She gave up her own liberties when she infringed on the rights of others to travel and work without the stress of a bomb scare.
And I still think the security failed miserably when it did not remove her baggage prior to the flight. That the baggage traveled, ironically, proved her own snippy comment.