Congress is gone, President Obama is still campaigning as opposed to leading, lobbyist and lawyers have fled, school is out, traffic is light-- so Washington is normal for August.
Last week I took a break for a few days. I flew from the Baltimore airport to a small airport in New England. The plane was about three times the size of my car. Of course, I had to endure the indignities of “airport security”. This meant waiting in line, taking off my shoes, emptying my pockets and removing my belt. I also had to show my photo ID (which I must do to board an airplane but do not have to produce to vote) and have someone root through my carryon bag.
I have to say, these procedures are annoying. They are demeaning and intrusive. As a society we have relinquished our privacy and freedom because madmen changed all the rules. So-be-it.