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The “Bad Actor” Buzzword

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Submitted by R.F. Goggin on April 19, 2012

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There’s a new convenient buzzword being bandied about, quite a bit lately, by people who seem hell-bent on usurping the protections offered to Americans by the U.S. Constitution. I am speaking of a term ‘Bad Actor’, which I seem to be hearing more and more from politicians or public safety officials, these days. Sounds an evil and threatening prospect, doesn’t it?

Yes indeed it does to me, at least, and that’s surely because it’s supposed to unnerve and scare somebody just like myself, and you as well, of course. It’s a slogan-like soundbite beginning to bubble around seemingly everywhere in the mainstream media to make you think that you are being protected by some big brother operative in the guise of ‘Uncle Sam’.   The problem, however, it seems to me, with such a broad and indiscriminate label or classification is that even if one were to look up the definition of these two words in conjunction with one-another, they would discover that any such distinction were it to be imposed upon a U.S. Citizen, does not necessarily allude to criminal behavior at all, or moreover, to some terrorist design or intention.   Hell, ‘Bad Actor’ could simply be slapped upon someone who is having a bad day.

With only a preliminary examination of the term in question for the purpose of this article, one on-line dictionary, defines Bad Actor as follows :

  •  1. A mean, ill-tempered, troublemaking, or evil person.   While another, comes up as:
  •  1. One that consistently behaves or reacts poorly.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that you were a student riding a city bus to school in Houston, Texas, and some TSA official approached you while in transit and demanded to have a look in your backpack for no apparent reason whatsoever (yes, such outrageous things have now arrived, and will increasingly become commonplace in the United States). And let us also suppose, that this government someone or other – invading your privacy and harassing you as such, made you feel as though you were being violated? Which, in turn, compelled you to complain passionately or indignantly; or even to refuse to comply with the procedure? More

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