RAVING LIBERTARIANS NEED TO TAKE A CHILL …
|| By TAYLOR BROWN || My friends received an onslaught of “Taylor Rantings” this weekend. The topic? People (mostly libertarian people like the founding editor of this website) who hate police/ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents – and who proceed to whine like children anytime they go through airport screening.
Not content with deliberately antagonizing these officers and making their lives/ jobs harder – the next step is belittling and haranguing them, and then acting shocked when their bad attitudes are reciprocated.
Oh my God! Really?! You’re surprised that someone is less than cordial to you after you acted like a complete dick to them?
Name one person who is going to be super happy to have their job – which wasn’t exactly pleasant to begin with – made more difficult? Name one person who wants to have their morals, ethics or ability to perform their duty questioned or undermined?
Good luck …
Look, these people are just doing their job – an important one at that – and they get sh*t on all day for doing it. They don’t want to be searching you any more than you want to be searched – but that’s the world we live in, and it’s either that or get in line for the body scanner.
Libertarians love to profess this “live and let live mentality.” Well they should carry it over to this instance. Show some respect – if not for their profession or the uniform – for the people themselves. I guarantee if you had to deal with people bitching at you all day on the job, you’d act far worse than you make these agents/ officers out to be.
Like this guy …
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My parents used to tell me “if you want to be treated like an adult, you need to act like one.” I would tell TSA haters the same thing now: If you want to be treated decently and shown respect – then show some basic respect. Name one thing you accomplish by being nasty to these people? Do you think you’re “teaching them a lesson,” or “proving a point,” or “fighting the man/ big government?” No. You aren’t. You’re being a toddler. And your antics do nothing other than to make your own life harder.
I’ve been treated “unfairly” before by TSA, but I’ve also been cut some slack because I treat these working men and women with respect. JK Rowling once wrote, “if you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors – not his equals.”
How you treat these people that are supposedly “beneath you” shows your true character. In fact real character is recognizing no one is “beneath you.” And behaving accordingly.
So grow up. Learn some respect. Show others kindness and graciousness.
This basic idea should have been taught to you back in preschool, but since it clearly wasn’t, I hope this serves as a “Golden Rule For Beginners” or “Manners 101” class.
Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age. She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food, wine, and spirited political arguments.