Frederick Douglass wouldn’t have put up with the TSA

Great American orator, scholar, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born sometime in February of 1818 and died on this date, February 20th, in 1895. Among the many brilliant, fiery speeches he gave and essays he wrote, no lines have been more often excerpted and quoted than these, which apply today every bit as much as they did in his time. I’ve quoted them often, but never enough. So it’s fitting that I take this opportunity to commemorate him and do it again:

“The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others. Such a man, the world says, may lie down until he has sense enough to stand up . . .

“If there is no struggle there is no progress . . . This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

I think we’ve found exactly out what people in this country are willing to quietly submit to. They demonstrate it every day.

  • Looks like life is getting worse in the USA, and as if governmental problems like policies and piled deficit were not enough, how will Americans cope with a new gore president called “Trump” who shows no tolerance, or respect for others, other than himself. at least in the old days men like Frederick Douglass were respected for their words, today the world is getting worse by day.

  • Dolt

    The government retaining a database of naked images of you, strip searches, sexual assault on yourself and your children, mental abuse, and civil rights violations. These are the things Americans are willing to endure. But waiting more than 20 minutes to endure these things? That’s unacceptable!!

    • Exactly. There’s more carping and bitching about wait times and — gasp! — fees. Oh, no, fees! Save us from the scourge of luggage fees!

      Meanwhile: “708 million passengers—nearly 41 million more than in 2014—were screened at U.S. airports in 2015.”

      Of course — more people than ever are flying, more people than ever are choosing to be abused. And this is the Land of the Free. Hah! Sheep Nation is more like it.

      • Jadeveon Clowney

        You’re right about that. I read travel blogs pretty regularly, and all we ever hear about is fees, fees, fees, as if that’s the worst thing travelers have to contend with. All this other stuff they’re willing to put up with, but charge them an extra 20 bucks for a bag and it’s the end of the world.

  • 1amWendy

    The question I seem to keep thinking is “Aren’t we tired of being afraid yet?”

    • Of course not. Millions of people like their fear and like to lick the authoritarian boot.

      • TestJeff Pierce

        I think it is more the fear – as told to them EVERY DAY by the “main stream media” – more so than the boot. But some people like the boot….