I took a chance to post my mistake
. One can infer that I was looking for sympathy, or they could see I was trying to make a point.
This is my point of view: One day, I suspect almost everyone (probably not politicians or the rich) wanting to go to the shopping mall, bus station, train station, Starbucks (yum), or any public place, will have to go through several security check-points. "Papers," hopefully "please."
What some of you fail to miss is that checkpoints only serve to move the target of a Terrorist bombing back. In the case of the airlines, I'm glad. After all, we don't want another 9/11.
Is it possible a terrorist would do a suicide bomb at a backed-up airport security line? Of course it is. So what is going to be the reaction given the course we're on? Hmmm, we can have a security checkpoint before the security checkpoint. Uh wait, maybe we can check people every time they leave their front door.
Since this reply will probably draw some more fire from self proclaimed security hawks among us, I cite a snippet from the original post lest anyone think this is a "boo-hoo:"
"I believe that what happened to me today marks my own realization
that we're on a slippery slope where American's will be treated increasingly worse by their own government's agents. Sadly, I can't think of a way to undo it. I'm not angry towards anyone but myself about today's episode, nor am I disgruntled citizen.
What I meant about "undoing it," but failed to say, is that I don't have a better idea for securing our public places. However, it's nonsense that we're becoming more secure. People that believe that are only fooling themselves.
Regarding my mistake of over-reacting, and even setting myself up when I let my daughter pack the can. Well, that's why I called my actions a mistake. It was a mistake and I'm not looking for anyone's sympathy - I felt terrible about my actions within five minutes of the conclusion to the episode. Maybe this will satisfy those who feel superior: I made a mistake (AKA lapse in judgment, stupid, selfish, careless, unthoughtful towards others, bone-headed, pig-headed, asinine, foolish.). Maybe the "root cause" of my anger was exhaustion (I'll spare you the details, but if you have kids and took part in their rearing, you can imagine how my morning escilated to bad behavior. If not, too bad.)
If anyone wants to continue to focus on my mistake, and not discuss the big picture, I have only one more thing to say:
Maybe your personal realization (not casual observation) that we're headed down a slippery slope will come from a big fat finger, connect to a guy named Buba, dawning a rubber glove at your front door. And, if he's not feeling sadistic at the time, he might not forget the KY jelly.