You might think to yourself that somebody's got to do it, but while that might be so, I also think, why did they pick it. What does that say about them? Most folks performing these sorts of jobs fall back on the "I'm just doing my job," excuse. What does it say about a person if every day they have to explain to the outraged people that they've just pissed off that they're just doing their job? Well maybe they are just doing their job, but that lame-ass excuse didn't work for the Nazis. I seriously doubt these sorts of people ever give that thought a moment's consideration while they're busy just doing their job. Well, maybe it is their job but I have to wonder why these people picked a job that would make everyone hate their stinking guts?
Take the prostitute by comparison: Now that's a job that is not exactly on the high school guidance councilors approved list... not at all glamorous. There's a job someone'd pretty much just have to fall into. Their job is to make someone happy, to provide sexual relief. Let's face it; if it weren't for all the STDs so many prostitutes carelessly spread, the group as a whole might even seem admirable if you look at it from a certain perspective. In fact, prostitutes who demand their customers use condoms, who are knowledgeable about STDs and skilled in detecting them before sexual relations commence, and who get weekly examinations by licensed professionals could be considered useful members of society performing a necessary service. It's virtually a requirement that a customer enjoy the services prostitutes offer, otherwise they wouldn't ever get any repeat business. Here is an example of an occupation where the customer is happy that the professional is doing her job.
The TSA agent went to school―I assume―to learn whatever it is that he supposedly knows. He's memorized a set of rules which he's required to follow exactly. These rules were written out in committee by an assortment of bureaucrats who had in mind the good of the people as a whole and not the inconvenience that will inevitably be suffered by any particular set of individuals. While it's possible that some intelligence and commonsense went into the design of these rules, it's not very likely. You see, the rule designers are merely the winners of the most recent popularity contest and their ability and proficiency is focused entirely on winning popularity contests―not designing intelligent rules. This seems kind of pointless and stupid when you stop and think about it.
After these rules are designed, they are enforced by a completely different type of individual. This sort doesn't care if a rule is stupid or not. In fact, they will quickly inform you that "Rules are Rules" when questioned. If that amazingly cogent and insightful argument doesn't seem to work, they'll go on to explain that they're "just doing their job." No thinking or decision making is necessary for these people. It's a simple binary yes or no decision. By separating the rulemakers from the rule enforcers almost all common-sense decision making is removed from the equation. Thus incidents like the following ones become not only possible, but inevitable:
One sign the TSA has officially gone overboard: One of its agents deemed a Massachusetts woman's cupcake a security threat. Rebecca Hains says she was moving through security at a Las Vegas airport on Wednesday when a TSA agent took her aside and explained that the cupcake's frosting was "gel-like," violating the TSA's restrictions on liquids and gels and making it a security risk.
Two women in their 80s put the Transportation Security Administration on the defensive this week by going public about their embarrassment during screenings in a private room at Kennedy Airport. One claimed she was forced to lower her pants and underwear in front of an agent so that her back brace could be inspected. Another said agents made her pull down her waistband to show her colostomy bag.These TSA horror stories are now a part of the American experience. We're told that when we walk through the doors at the airport we've just given up some of our Constitutional rights. Until that particular sentiment is abandoned by the rights-abusers in charge, you will never see me at the airport. When I look at a prostitute I see someone more admirable and a better human being than the kind of person who'd mistreat others in the name of doing their jobs. Both prostitutes and TSA agents screw people for a living, but the screwing given by the TSA is more like a rape.