The Tenth and the TSA

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Last week,
Ohio's "GOP-controlled
Senate" passed a resolution that "would place
an issue
on the November ballot … prohibit[ing] any law from forcing Ohioans
to participate in a health care system." The measure now heads
to Ohio's House. It needs 60 votes there, which seems likely since
"Republicans hold 59 out of 99 seats."

Ohioans are
probably shaking in their boots lest the proposition pass. Sure,
it could save them from dying in wretched, government-controlled
hospitals, but what if the Feds retaliate by closing all the doctor's
offices in the state? Or, horror of horrors, they could declare
Ohio a "No-Health Zone."

Those fears
probably resonate with Texans. After all, Obama's
goons threatened to ground aviation
in the state and turn the
place into a "No-Fly Zone" last month when its legislature
toyed with prohibiting the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) from sexually assaulting passengers.

If the Feds
again rise to such extortion (they can't stoop to it since they're
already lower than a maggot's hindquarters), let's hope Ohio's legislature
shows more gumption than Texas' did — but don't count on it: the
only difference between the weasels in Austin and Columbus is 1200
miles.

Given Texas'
tyrants' craven caving, you might think no state had defied the
Feds since Abraham Lincoln butchered Southerners for doing so. But
the reality is just the opposite. Thanks to DC's dictatorship, the
Tenth Amendment has received more of a work-out during the last
decade than in all the other years since Appomattox put together.

First came
the REAL ID Act, an attempt from the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) to turn states' driver's licenses into a national ID. It's
doubtful the unconstitutionality — of either driver's licenses or
REAL ID — bothered any governor, but the expense of bringing his
Bureau of Motor Vehicles into line with the DHS's decrees certainly
did. To date, 19
states have "rejected" REAL ID
.

Obamacare
faces a similar revolt. Whether states legislate to void medical
fascism within their borders a la Ohio or whether they
join the lawsuits against it
, they're defying the central government.

So Texas and
the other
four states hoping to forbid
the TSA's groping have plenty of
company as they try to diminish federal depredations on their citizens.
And Texas was off to a solid start last month — a noteworthy achievement
since punishing Leviathan's lackeys for their atrocities is rarer
among politicians than fidelity to their spouses.

Rep. David
Simpson's (R-Longview) bill "would
[have made] it a crime
of official oppression if federal employees
perform a search that involves touching a person’s private parts
without probable cause to believe the person has committed an offense."
Incredible, isn't it, that such gross molestation isn't already
a crime. Do we need another bill enjoining federal employees from
torturing cats or disemboweling babies?

Predictably,
Simpson's effort "died
in the regular legislative session
in the wake of warnings [sic
for u2018blackmail'] from federal officials that it would conflict with
federal law" — whoa! Who knew federal law allows "touching
a person’s private parts without probable cause"? And now that
we do know, what will we do about it? — "and could force flight
cancellations if the safety of passengers and crew could not be
assured."

This is manure
of nauseating degree, Piled High and Deep. "The safety of passengers
and crew" is never at greater risk than when the TSA is groping,
robbing,
beating,
and killing
victims — to say nothing of when it damages
their planes
or traumatizes
the pilots
on whom depend the lives of everyone aboard. Indeed,
if the TSA were actually concerned with protecting us rather than
its $8.2
billion yearly budget
and 60,000 make-work jobs, it would
disband tomorrow.

By now, only
morons swallow Our Rulers' lie that the TSA has anything to do with
safety. The politicians on the Potomac, like those around the world
and throughout history, crave endless, unlimited power. They've
gratified that itch by turning America into a police-state to rival
Nazi Germany. The TSA with its sexual
assault
and warrantless
searches everywhere
, all
the time
, is crucial to that transformation.

Meanwhile,
Texas' legislature will take another shot at Simpson's bill after
Gov. Rick Perry quit biting his knuckles long enough to add it to
"the
Legislature’s special session agenda
[, meeting this week and
next]. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked the state attorney general’s
office for guidance to ensure the measure is in line with the U.S.
Constitution and federal law."

You can calculate
how far we've travelled down the road to serfdom when Our Rulers
actually pretend that they must "make sure" legislation
barring bureaucrats from pawing us doesn't conflict with the Constitution.
Try to imagine James Madison's reaction to such insult. Even the
anti-Federalists would grab their horsewhips rather than remind
Jemmy et al, "We told you so."

Nonetheless,
"Simpson said he planned … to reword [sic for u2018weaken']
the standard from u2018probable cause' to u2018reasonable suspicion' that
someone has committed an offense." Here we have yet another
in an infinitely long list of reasons for driving a stake through
the TSA's heart, not merely legislating against it. A bill restraining
— not eliminating, just restraining — one aspect of its dictatorship
hasn't even left its chamber, and it's already crippled.

Not surprisingly,
the TSA continues to insist on its prerogative to assault us. One
of its battalion of liars — sorry, spokesmen sniffed, "Should
a bill pass that limits the ability of TSA and its employees to
perform its responsibilities [sic for u2018its pedophilia and
gate-rapes'] and jeopardizes the safety of the public, we will take
whatever legal action is appropriate to ensure travelers are safe
when they fly from Texas or any other state."

Oh, please,
oh, please! "Ensuring that travelers are safe" means abolishing
the TSA.

July
1, 2011

Becky
Akers [send her mail] writes
primarily about the American Revolution.

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