I just finished reading V for Vendetta last night. It was a surprisingly well-told story. In fact, I am not sure how I missed it so far. A man known only as “V,” imprisoned and experimented upon by a corrupt government, launches violent resistance to the subsequent fascist regime lording over England. Far more than a mindless revenge novel, V for Vendetta shows how one man’s desire for retribution is transformed into a heroic mission–to relieve mankind of its fear of corrupt authority.
On Wednesday, people all over America are opting either not to fly or to forgo nudie scanners in favor of an aggressive pat-down by TSA officials. Some will simply wear t-shirts that state their objections while complying–for now. When was the last time you saw principled resistance like this?
We have reached the tipping point in America. An abusive and unaccountable bureaucracy has finally met with a unstoppable force–individualism and human dignity. Will our leaders get the message–that we don’t need them to manage our own lives? Do they understand that national security is not a blanket justification for just any procedure they dream up? Can they possibly believe that we are so gullible as not to know what well-connected misanthropes are making money off scanners?
I frankly doubt they will get it anytime soon. Americans will have to resist over and over and over. Our leaders will lie, they will steal, and they will abuse their power until a Great Day of Reckoning arrives. On the day we all take off our masks and stand out openly in peaceful defiance of our budding fascist state, the world will know that no power and no authority can win over the individual who honors him/herself. Opt-out, my friends, if that is your way of unmasking. Show them who really rules the skies above and the earth beneath.