"If you see something, say something!" goes the ad campaign, no doubt focus-grouped to a fare-thee-well.
The problem is, what's the definition of "something"?
In Maryland recently, a delivery driver saw something he thought was suspicious in his cargo, and went to the police. What was the suspicious package?
One stop was receiving a delivery of several thousand rounds of ammunition, and the stop wasn't at a gun store or shooting range or police department, but at a private residence. And the guy who signed for it wasn't even a cop!
And we all laugh.
Okay, suppose he'd been receiving a shipment of fertilizer? Would the driver have been right to call the cops then? If so, why? Fertilizer is completely legal.
How 'bout if he was receiving a shipment of fertilizer, and he was kinda swarthy-looking?
Or, how 'bout if he was receiving a shipment of fertilizer, and he was kinda swarthy-looking, and the driver could hear foreign-sounding music coming from the stereo when the guy opened the door?
Where do you draw the line? How far down the slope do you slide before you decide you don't like the view anymore?
EDIT: As could have been predicted, one commenter at Todd's wrote:
I don’t like the fact that in my lifetime, the symbolic figure of our nation has gone from Uncle Sam to Uncle Badtouch.
(Image whipped up nearly instantaneously by the incomparable Robb Allen.)