TSA Wants to Know What You’re Reading

We’ve all been to the airport. Take off our shoes. Remove belts. All electronics removed. That funky machine that makes you put your arms in the air. Now the TSA is moving closer to requiring that books and magazines be taken out of bags too.

The TSA of course would have you blame carriers. The government would have you blame terrorists, but the question I still have is, “Really?”. Is this really going to make airports in America that much safer by forcing people to remove their books and magazines from their bags? I don’t have the answer. But we can’t deny the possibility and likelihood of discrimination. Someone with brown skin reading a book in Arabic just so happens to get screened more thoroughly. An Hispanic looking person with a book about immigration in America also undergoes additional screening.

These things already happen today. I believe this new policy only makes these instances more likely and prevalent. I always take books when flying. From now on I’ll just put them in my checked bag.

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You Can’t Always be Reading

This is obvious. People have work or family or sleep that takes up time. These things are unavoidable. We can try to read as much as possible, but we still can’t always be reading.

Some have told me they don’t watch much TV. I understand that. Now that I’m working again my TV is on maybe an hour a day during the week. But there’s this network I think Americans should be aware of and maybe even watching as much as possible. It isn’t new. It isn’t a cable news network that will just feed into your own beliefs. It’s C-SPAN.

It’s the network that was founded to give Americans a glimpse into our own government. There are no commercials. There are no ads of any kind. There are no talking heads telling you what you should think of what you’ve seen. What you do see is your elected officials conducting day-to-day business. You hear their words straight from their mouths. And I think that’s the best way to hold elected officials accountable.

No one is changing their words and no one is telling you what you should think. Just you and the official.

So the next time you find yourself with some downtime and you’re not in the mood for a book, I’d recommend turning to C-SPAN. 15 minutes. A half hour. You may just learn something you didn’t know before. I don’t see how that could be a bad thing.