Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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Papers Please!

It's not funny any more, the image of a comic-opera Peter Lorre type asking for papers on the train.

A friend had heard a story of someone trying to buy a train ticket being asked for ID, and putting his name into the computer, then them refusing to sell him a ticket. So she asked the conductor on an Amtrack train the rumor. No rumor, he said.

For those of you who have been watching us turn into a police state, the answer is no surprise. Deplorable yes, surprising, no. There is a "no travel" list. When someone buys a long-distance train ticket, they are required to check them against a list of people who are not allowed to board, and they then refuse them a ticket.

This woman, who has never done anything except do some protests in the '60's, is now terrified that someday they will come for her, on some trumped-up pretext, because she's been critical of Bush. I wish I could tell her that she's totally delusional, but she's Jewish, and knows how these things start.

Gee, I feel so much safer now, don't you? :-(

And yeah, for all those government flunkies who are reading Live Journal right now, looking for the dissidents among us, how do you think you'll feel when they come for YOU, when they've gone through everyone else? Don't think it will happen, government flunkies? Read the history books.

(If you have never heard my music selection, I urge you to listen to it. "It's only gonna be about an eyeblink, boys/Before they take away all of our country, and tell you not to listen to this here song,/And the far off sound of Freedom's gonna be an echo from the past, boys/And the final refrain is gonna be sad and long...")

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