Comic from xkcd. Click to enlarge.
Remember the days when we laughed at other nations because they did unconsionably evil things, like
- Demanded "your papers, please" of their own people, peaceably travelling within their own borders?
- Spied on people's interpersonal communications?
- Subjected peaceable people to warrantless inspections and intrusions for no legitimate reason whatever?
- Used phrases like "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" for everyone but themselves?
One could go on.
Yesterday's appalling atrocity is today's routine business. It's getting awfully spooky to re-read Fahrenheit 451 any more because it's just...so...here.
And the ship is not exactly losing steam:
Two state representatives called on Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday to deploy the Illinois National Guard to safeguard Chicago's streets.
Chicago Democrats John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford said they want Quinn, Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis to allow guardsmen to patrol streets and help quell violence. Weis said he did not support the idea because the military and police operate under different rules.
"Is this a drastic call to action? Of course it is," Fritchey said. "Is it warranted when we are losing residents to gun violence at such an alarming rate? Without question. We are not talking about rolling tanks down the street or having armed guards on each corner."
No, of course we're not talking about that. We'd never do anything like that. You can trust us, we've got such a sparkling history of not abusing our authority and all...
See, we're just going to go after bad people. We'll only whack those who deserve it.
Cue the Milton Mayer chorus right about now.
Hat tip to Radley Balko.