Kent makes the point that there are better ways to protest TSA's grope-your-kid spectacle, and I agree. My suggestion is that, instead of uselessly and perversely delaying your fellow travelers, demand that the new Congress subpoena Big Sis for a groping of what it pleases her to call her mind.
I was an Assistant US Attorney for a long time. I believe in unapologetic enforcement of the law, and certainly enforcement against those who want to blow airplanes out of the sky has to be the first order of business. I am also aware that normal Fourth Amendment standards, which call for the amount of government intrusion to be matched by the level and specificity of individualized suspicion, cannot apply in the airport context. Some generalized surrender of personal privacy is unavoidable, given the dangers we face. But this Administration has taken it both too far and in the wrong direction. It's foolish and misdirected to think that Obama's reckless government can be called to account by holding up innocent travelers in the grope-your-kid line, but a calling to account is imperative nonetheless.
We know who the bombers are because we have a lot of experience. They're jihadist Muslim men in their 20's and 30's. I'm sorry if it's politcally incorrect thus to "profile" them, but that is in fact who they are and it's past time to act on this knowledge rather than pretending we don't have it.
What's happening now parades under the title of the suddenly-popular-with-liberals "national security," but I seriously doubt that's what's going on. More likely, in my view, is that this gross and quasi-sexual public humiliation of your teenager is a reflection of the view that government controls citizens rather than the other way around. You have to ask whether this is less Big Sis than Big Brother, trying to turn us into a nation of sheep: Accept some government operative's hands all over you, or your daughter, or your son for that matter, or face the mailed fist. It's absolutely no coincidence that this is the same government that from now on plans to make life-or-death medical decisions for you, your wishes be damned.
This is not the America I grew up with or care to live in. Don't add to the burdens of your fellow travelers. But when Thanksgiving is over, demand that a new and hopefully more sober Congress put on public display the real motives of those who want to start degrading you by stripping you (as it were) of your privacy, but aim to end by stripping you of your freedom.
Your kid is not an object to be played with by The State and neither are you. This is the lesson our new Congress will need to teach our President.