Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before"
Fear has saturated our bastard American brothers so much that is has seeped in across the border. Coming in through the news, the telly, the Internet and by word of mouth, it's becoming endemic.
Took my dear not so old Mom to the Jays game back in April on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and I had a real tough time explaining why we had to be searched and sent through a metal detector before finding our seats in the 500's. My mother's never hurt anyone with anything more than a fly swatter. Is a quick frisk from some minimum wage peon and being herded through a metal detector like steers off to sale really necessary at 21st century Blue Jay games? Have we drunk that much of the fear Kool-aid? Of course, America's been steeping in the stuff since the fall of '01 and it's likely their biggest export. That doesn't mean we have to import it up here.
We here in Canadastan always seem to take on American characteristics but in diet form, all the great taste but with fewer calories. This one item on the menu we need to pass on. Our masters know how powerful a motivator fear is, hence the crafting of Bill C-51. First with Y2K, SARS, swine flu and most recently Ebola, our Canadian media is just as guilty of fear peddling as those Fox News and CNN yahoo's, to borrow some slang from Mother. Now I've flown a fair bit so I no longer think about emptying my pockets and strolling through the Arch of Safety to board a flight, but is it really necessary for an Inter-League game against the Braves? Some tank-topped bros ahead of us in line didn't seem to mind, though I suspect they had been traquilized with some Bud Lites and were thoroughly distracted by streaming the Raptors playoff game on their phone. Thanks again for keeping me updated throughout the ordeal, boys. Appreciated it.
The game itself was brief for a 10 inning match and the walk off homer was worth the price of admission, but not all was smiles and fireworks at the Concrete Temple. The only thing I want to be afraid of at the Dome is dropping a foul ball souvenir and having to live with TSN highlight level regret the rest of my life. Some one, or some group, pretty high up seems to think Jays fans are so violence prone that we have to be frisked and searched upon entry. A large part of me wants to think the new security measures are not necessary and over the top, but a smaller, more confused part of me thinks yeah, maybe this is needed due to the overwhelming numbers of would be psychos out there. Can't be too careful these days.
Listen pal, I am fully aware we don't live in a world where we all get along and hold hands and skip through flower filled fields together. But I would really, really like to think we live in a world, in a city at least, where searching baseball fans on sunny April afternoons is not an option that needs to be exercised in order to maintain peace at professional sporting events.
I think as a nation we did a tremendous job job ignoring the fear since October 22nd, especially after seeing the wounded giant of America lash out after 9/11. We used to be less prone to Yankee style hysteria, but now I'm not so sure.
Mom was more annoyed than paranoid, she even cracked, "At least I left my crochet needles at home". A good thing she did. Maybe it's time the No Fear t-shirts of the mid 90's came back into style. This time we should pay attention.