Saturday, March 27, 2010
None Of Your Goddamn Business!
What comes to mind when you here the phrase "papers, please?"
(German accent... Hogan's Heroes...?)
Mary and I were coming home from visiting friends in Katonah tonight and as we crossed the Bear Mountain Bridge from Westchester into Orange we apparently entered the Twilight Zone where America is spelled "Amerika."
As we're crossing the bridge (at 10:30 at night) we see flashing lights ahead and traffic backed up.
At first we thought it must be an accident on the traffic circle, but, no... it turned out to be the New York State PARK Police stopping and questioning motorists with no probable cause!
I mean... I suppose it could have been an Amber Alert checkpoint or perhaps unbeknownst to me Orange County has been put on High Homeland Security Alert... but I'm guessing it was a DWI checkpoint.
Now I'm no lawyer, but here's what bugs me: The officer who stopped me asked where I was coming from.
Me being the wiseass I am... I initially answered "Carl's House" before Mary leaned over and said "Katonah."
The young lady with the holstered pistol then told us to precede.
Hey... truth be told... before she even said a word to me I had powered down my window and yelled out, "Hey... I hope none of you guys are on overtime - the state's broke!"
Hey... typical Bill, right? I had my fun; I know the officer leaned close in order to be able to detect a whiff of alcohol if there had been one... but in all seriousness... although Mary answered the officer's question seriously, I'm pretty sure the officer had no right to ask in the first place.
Where we were was - and is - none of the state's goddamn business!
Seriously... this is still America... right...???
Listen... I suppose DWI checkpoints are legal or else they wouldn't exist. That said, ask me if I'm having a good evening - don't ask me where I've been, where I'm coming from.
Lean in and ask "nice night isn't" if you want to smell my breath or see what shape my eyes are in; don't invade my right to privacy.
No... I'm not blaming Obama... not this time at least...
Seriously, though... this is America - not Amerika. I have no problem with being quizzed when I drive into the USMA at West Point for a concert or football game, but I don't want men and women with guns stopping me with no probably cause on a public roadway as if the Cold War were still going on and I was attempting to cross from East to West Berlin!