Sometimes it can be downright eerie when you read a prominent columnist who has been reading your mind. That’s what has happened here. The Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum has been channeling David Franke. Paragraph by paragraph, these were my reactions when I read about the State Department’s warning to Americans in Europe.
In this case, I think the “warnings” first surfaced in Europe. She is undoubtedly correct in assuming that State Department officials wanted to cover their asses (she uses more delicate language) in case something actually did happen, so they jumped in with this asinine warning. More often, however, I think it’s a deliberate policy by our government to keep us in constant fear. Uncle Sam is pointing his finger at us and saying: “You need me to protect you!” And, by inference, that’s why I need your acquiescence in my unconstitutional actions such as the Patriot Act and Guantanamo (and the list goes on).
Anne Applebaum is correct, too, about the end result: You can scare all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot scare all the people all the time—and so we just stop listening.9:40 am on October 5, 2010 Email David Franke