Trump Is Right on Profiling
In the wake of Orlando, the topic of profiling has come up again via Donald Trump and others. Given the horrific extent of the massacre, this is highly understandable, even though profiling has always struck me as an ironic subject for an obvious reasons: everybody already profiles!
Well, maybe not everybody. Some of those we call leaders (presidents, vice presidents, secretaries of state, etc.) -- perpetually cosseted by the Secret Service -- have the luxury of pontificating in true morally narcissistic fashion about the supposed evils of this activity and demanding their minions follow suit. The rest of us live in the real world. We profile.
Among those who have admitted to profiling are Mr. Rainbow Coalition Jesse Jackson and Fox News' resident liberal Juan Willams (this cost Williams dearly with NPR, speaking of moral narcissists). Are these men racists? I think not -- although in Jackson's case, he does his best to exploit racism.
Are you a racist or an Islamophobe or whatever if you feel uneasy when a Middle Eastern-looking man, carrying a backpack or perhaps an instrument case, sits down beside you on a plane? I think not again. It's just the way things are. You have to deal with them. If you're like me, you try to fight your apprehension, try to hold back your judgment -- most of the time it's nothing -- but you stay keyed up anyway until you're relieved to hear the guy next to you is a Portuguese violinist on his way to a recital.
Few of us like to profile, but we have been forced into it, in part by an administration so resistant to reality, so full of its own moral rectitude, it has infected -- and to a great degree neutered -- the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Dead bodies in San Bernardino and Orlando have been the result. Undoubtedly, there are more to come.
So I had to agree when Donald Trump said on Face the Nation Sunday: "I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense."