A wise man once said that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Apparently, this little aphorism escaped the notice of the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson.
In an article published last week, Gerson, a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, repeatedly mocked Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), making light of the senator’s recent 13-hour filibuster to delay the confirmation of John Brennan as director of the CIA.
It isn’t bad enough that Gerson tosses off one after the other disparaging remark about Paul’s efforts to force the president to clear up his notion of his authority to use drones to target and kill Americans in America, but in the title of the article — “Rand Paul Masks His True Worldview” — Gerson presumes to be able to know what Rand Paul is really thinking.
It isn’t hard to know what Gerson is really thinking. He makes jokes about “TSA screeners patting down little girls.” That a journalist of Gerson’s purported talent would make a mockery of such disturbing violations of not only the Fourth Amendment, but of the rules of common decency, says much about the man and his mien.
What of the TSA touching children? Does it happen often? Who knows. The fact that it happened at all is unacceptable in a nation that values not only the purity of its children, but the constitutional prohibition on such behavior, as well.
One account of such an horrific violation was reported in 2011 by Time magazine. This is Time’s account of the embarrassing encounter:
After Selena Drexel’s 6-year-old daughter, Anna, was subjected to a pat-down in a New Orleans airport, she and her husband decided to put the video on YouTube. The couple’s request that their daughter be re-scanned rather than patted down was refused and they criticized the process, saying it qualified as groping and contradicted values that parents should be teaching their children.
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