The aggressive airport searches and scans conducted by an out-of-control TSA do not occur in a psychological vacuum and directly reflect the Obama Administration's contempt for individual autonomy and callousness when it comes to balancing liberty and government authority to maintain public safety.
Before the public outcry, TSA had grown to tens of thousands of government "security" personnel who were empowered by rules and regulations to touch travelers' genitals, confiscate their belongings (on slim evidence that they posed any real danger) and demand that they assume the posture of criminals to be scanned head to foot.
If that sounds like a dry run for totalitarianism, it is, at least psychologically. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the projection of Barack Obama's psyche--wherein, large numbers of uniformed folks establish a major presence in private companies (airlines, in this case) and "teach" the dangerous American population to behave according to rigid, intrusive, infantilizing rules--or be pulled aside for further questioning.
The TSA and its procedures are Obama's biggest public education initiative--even bigger than teaching Americans that their money is not really theirs at all, since they must spend it to buy health insurance, whether they choose to or not.
It teaches Americans to obey no matter what they are told to do, to literally be seen through and through by the X-ray vision eyes of the government and to cede even what they thought were their erogenous zones to government inspection.
Who needs the toxic, disempowering lessons of gun control when tens of millions of Americans are being psychologically conditioned to turn over their tiniest blades, never mind their arsenals of 3 ounce shampoo bottles? How long before that includes books on anti-government themes? Are you laughing? Well, consider that laughing could be outlawed at TSA checkpoints, too (as smiling during a Passport photo is).
It is no accident that this TSA toxic influence on freedom reaches children. Our kids have always been the administration's target for the most aggressive government-sponsored teaching about genuflecting in front of the state. -- Just think of the millions and millions of kids who have watched their parents agree to be humiliated by uniformed government security personnel.
It's enough to make me angry, but getting angry at the TSA feels--well--dangerous. What if they target me at checkpoints?
I am not paranoid. Trust me; I'm a shrink. I would know. I am merely honing in like--hmmm--a scanner on the psyche of Barack Obama. And I see what's being smuggled aboard our great nation.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. He is a New York Times best-selling author, and co-author, with Glenn Beck, of the upcoming book “The 7: Seven Wonders that Will Change Your Life.” Dr. Ablow can be reached at email@example.com.