Thievery is a hallmark of government, inherent, unalterable. Politicians and bureaucrats always steal their victims’ property, whether through inflation, taxation, or outright robbery (euphemized as “confiscation”), either for their own aggrandizement or to suborn the serfs lest they protest such immorality rather than plead for more.
But there’s a special brand of dictatorship that destroys property instead of stealing it. These savages seem particularly incensed at art, culture, anything intellectual, sophisticated or refined. And they gleefully attack such. Who can forget the Nazis’ burning of books? Or the TSA’s* demolition of musical instruments: “…shortly after 9/11, [renowned Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman’s Steinway] was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the TSA decided to take no chances and destroyed the instrument.” Yes. A Steinway. Which Mr. Zimerman had modified himself.
In case anyone still doubts the TSA’s unspeakable barbarity, it has now broken “a rare Heinrich Knopf bow belonging to [cellist] Alban Gerhardt … In what the cellist called ‘an act of brutal and careless behaviour’, the bow stick … was snapped in two, over the bridge of the cello, by air security staff at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, as they examined the case’s contents.”
In response, the TSA’s sponges and spokesliars began shoveling their usual dung. “In an e-mail, TSA spokesman Lisa Farbstein said the agency ‘takes the issue of claims very seriously…’” Yeah, that would explain why it “paid out only 13% of … LAX passengers' claims for laptops. As for lost or damaged digital cameras, the TSA approved fewer than 1% of those claims,” according to an “analysis” of “TSA records” at the Los Angeles Times.
But I interrupted ole Lisa. She “add[ed], ‘it truly is a shame about Mr. Gerhardt’s bow…’”
Oh, indeed. And just think: ruining a bow worth $20,000 pales to nothing when stacked against the TSA’s evisceration of basic decency, common sense, privacy, the Constitution, and liberty.
*Some reports blame US Customs for this atrocity. Fine. Abolish that horrific agency as well.
(Thanks to Jerry T. Dowell for alerting me to this story.)