by Becky Akers: Selling
Pick your period
— Texas' Revolution with its inspiring cries of "Come and take
it!" at Gonzales and "Remember the Alamo!" or the
War of Northern Aggression that Lincoln prosecuted against states'
rights — and tell me the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) isn't setting us up for a replay.
from the federal government to shut down Texas airports or cancel
flights may have killed legislation … in the Texas Capitol to prohibit
federal Transportation Security Agents from conducting u2018invasive
Texas Tribune reports.
this bill. You no doubt cheered when you heard that Rep. David Simpson,
a Republican from Longview, TX, had introduced it in the state's
House a few weeks ago. It would have "subject[ed]
federal employees, including TSA agents, to a Class A misdemeanor
if they inappropriately touch someone seeking access to a public
building or means of transportation, or if they search an individual
without probable cause of criminal activity." Joy erupted nationwide,
not just across the half of it that's Texas, at the thought of the
TSA's criminals finally being arrested as such.
the bill suffered serious flaws. Even
folks friendly to its intent criticized its wording. And Dave
himself unwittingly personifies those flaws: “The safeguards instituted
in the wake of a national tragedy to protect us from terrorists
have somehow been transformed from prudent caution to ridiculous
excess,” he alleged, falling neatly into the TSA's trap.
Yo, Dave, a
quick lesson on the State: the TSA was not "instituted … to
protect us from terrorists," OK? It was instituted to subject
us to tyranny, though I grant you, the excuse was protecting
us from terrorists.
the TSA made lots of work for the otherwise unemployable. Which
gratified labor unions — and the Democrats whooping it up alongside
them: since the TSA's slugs are five short of a six-pack in both
intellect and morals, lots of new dues and votes would eventually
come their way.
benefitted immensely, too. Its liars blamed 9/11 on non-existent
"private" screening (which the FAA controlled then as
completely and disastrously as the TSA does now). And it worked:
the country was too distracted learning the new rules for navigating
checkpoints in bare feet to notice the startling discrepancies,
contradictions, and outright holes in the Bush Administration's
explanation of the attack. Indeed, it worked so very well that those
sociopaths won a second term.
we who foot the bills for the police-state that 9/11 solidified
speak of "exploiting the national tragedy," not
"instituting safeguards in its wake." And yep, an entity
evil enough to capitalize on the slaughter of 3000 people must be
abolished — exterminated, gutted, drawn and quartered, with a stake
driven through its heart (metaphorically speaking, of course: the
TSA has proved over and over again it has no heart). We cannot stop
the beast otherwise. Certainly laws like Dave's won't do more than
give it a good chortle.
In fact, the
ink had barely dried on the legislation before said chortle erupted
from the TSA's website. "Blogger
Bob" of the "TSA Blog Team" smugly opined, "…the
Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2)
prevents states from regulating the federal government." The
irony was so staggering you didn't need to be a Constitutionalist
to savor it: here's an agency that long ago trashed the First, Second,
Fourth, and Fifth Amendments shamelessly citing another part of
the document for salvation — all while ignoring the Ninth and Tenth
Amendments! Heck, the TSA deserves obliteration for this travesty
had more sense than the "TSA Blog Team" — but then, so
does woodwork. It passed Simpson's legislation on to the Senate; Dan
Patrick (R-Houston) sponsored it there. It would have come to a
vote this week and likely graduated to law — except that two of
the TSA's head thugs "visited
Patrick at the Capitol … to discuss the legislation. They warned
him that the legislation u2018could close down all the airports in Texas,'
he said." Dan "ang[rily]" called these "heavy
handed threats." Bingo! How refreshing to hear a ruler call
it like it is!
But that wasn't
all. The TSA hasn't a scintilla of finesse or delicacy: it never
settles for a fly-swatter when it can fire a battery of cannon instead.
[the thugs'] departure, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a
letter to Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
saying the bill would u2018conflict directly with federal law' and that
if it became law, u2018TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight
or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of
passengers and crew' until the agency could seek a court order stopping
the measure from being carried out."
some of the senators: apparently, the politician in a guy supersedes
the Texan. "Sen.
Juan u2018Chuy' Hinojosa, D-McAllen, who voted for the bill in committee,
said he still agreed with Patrick's intent but could not vote for
the bill because it preempts federal law." Ummmm, Juan? That
was the point, you moron.
he ultimately did not have the votes, Patrick decided to withdraw
the bill" — but catch his parting shot: "There was a time
in this state, there was a time in our history, where we stood up
to the federal government and we did not cower to rules and policies
that invaded the privacy of Texans." Whoa! Is this dude Ron
Paul's protege or what?
that time will come again. Meanwhile, Dave Simpson accurately analyzed
the blackmail: "They're
basically saying, unless you allow us to grope your genitals,
you can't fly." And then he vaulted for heroism with Dan Patrick:
"I hope Texans would say come and show us the law … This is
a Gonzales moment. u2018Come and take it.'"
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