The events of Sept. 11, 2001 magnified for every citizen of the U.S. a certain loss of innocence from lifestyles and ambivalent attitudes toward the outside world.
The sense of superiority of the United States had been seriously shaken by acts of terrorism, the destruction of an American landmark, and the deaths of thousands. The country we once believed to be protected by good neighbors and two oceans was exposed as vulnerable by cowardly acts of violence. Most puzzled citizens ask themselves, how could this have happened in the United States of America?
Thrust earlier into World War II by a similar loss, the United States came together as a union to unleash an industrial complex in a capitalistic economy which produced the greatest superpower known to man. Except for the Soviet Union, no one dared challenge the giant. The United States persevered, became champion of western ideology, breadbasket for the world, and benefactor for the world’s needs.
Security, both national and personal, was taken for granted and not elevated in the nation’s hierarchy of needs. Privacy and liberty were guaranteed by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” became the calling card for the United States of America.
The United States opened its arms to many cultures, and indeed multiculturalism has become mandated in liberal society. Discrimination of any sort is taboo. Affirmative action protocols and quota systems are accepted and utilized as reparation for mistakes of previous generations. Avoiding ideas, actions, or characteristics possibly construed as deleterious to open acceptance of individual equality for every human regardless of national origin became expected as “politically correct” behavior.
Occasional occurrences of serial criminal behavior or potential threats to national security required good investigational police work where specialists were summoned to categorize a profile of the transgressors. This “profiling” became an accepted method for identifying those who had, or would do harm to innocent civilians.
Though successful, profiling often drew attention to individuals or groups outwardly identifiable by skin color or nationality.
In our new world of universal acceptance and multiculturalism, good policing techniques became inconsistent with political correctness. Under a liberal guise of equality, profiling has become unacceptable – and now the U.S. Attorney General seeks to forbid this good policing mechanism from being utilized by the FBI.
Almost simultaneously we learn that the same administration supports the National Security Agency’s spying on every citizen. So at the costs of our national security, our constitutionally-guaranteed privacy, and the liberty of free speech we are not allowed to be politically incorrect by profiling. Phew!
“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin
Eddie R. Dunlap