Since Mar 27, 2013

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Truth be told, I’m nobody special. I’ve never cured a disease or conceived an idea that would make the world a better place. I am a very ordinary wife and mother of two extraordinary boys. I work from home so I can be here with them after school. I am fond of quotes (you’ll notice that I use them frequently on this site). We have a dog and a cat. My husband and I work hard during the week, relax on the weekends, and go to church on Sundays. Just your average American family. Our circumstances aren’t great, but there are a lot of families who have it much harder than we do.

So why am I doing this?

I love my country – let me make that perfectly clear. I am damn proud to be an American. I watch and read about all of the crap that is going on in other parts of the world and am reminded time and time again how fortunate I am to be living in the United States.

But I am not blind. This country – our country – is in trouble, folks. Our education system is deteriorating, more people than ever before are on some type of welfare assistance, and our government seems to have no qualms about humiliating and chipping away at the rights of its citizens.

In no agency is this more evident and more blatant than the TSA. The purpose of the Transportation Security Administration is supposedly to “ensure the security of the traveling public and the Nation’s transportation system”.A noble and necessary goal, especially in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001.

So why is it then that instead of hearing about how the TSA has made traveling safer in the United States, all we seem to hear about is how TSA agents repeatedly fail security tests, how TSA agents bully and harrass passengers, how TSA agents humiliate passengers, and how TSA agents steal from passengers?

It happens all the damn time. We read the stories online or see it on the evening news, get outraged for about an hour, then move on with our lives. People are more upset about losing the right to buy Big Gulps in New York than they are about passenger abuse at the hands of TSA agents.

THAT is why I am doing this. For God’s sake, we have to be more concerned with what these badge-wielding burger flippers are doing than with what size soda we are allowed to purchase. If enough of us get angry enough and loud enough – long enough – maybe the TSA will be forced to admit to and deal with the monster they have created.