The TSA’s groin groping and full-porn scanning, championed by Obama’s lackluster Cheney, Joe Biden, enters the realm of dominance, intimidation and sexual threat and knowledge that goes to the core of total government control: totalitarianism. It is the sickly sister to torture; torture without the physical pain but with the humiliation and psychological disturbance and depersonalization and total dominance that is the essence of torture. It is the work of a government lost and disoriented like that in Kafka’s In the Penal Colony: a government sensing in a panic that its time in history is passing and it has lost control.
The purpose of torture in war, is total psychological dominance. When the Bush administration instigated this egregious policy during the invasion of Iraq, Americans, and Congress in particular, barely raised a peep. We had become a nation of zombies. The Bush administration understood that we Americans, and Congress in particular, had failed the test of citizenship and they would be allowed a free hand over there and over here. America had no courage to stop them.
It was because of these actions by Bush and Cheney that state sovereignty solutions first began to arise in New Hampshire and Vermont. A USA Today/Gallup Poll finds just about as many Americans want Tea Party-backed members of Congress to take the lead in setting policy during the next year as choose President Obama. The Tea Party will now bring an antidote to the zombie jamboree that is two-party politics under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.