I recently stirred up the hornet’s nest by questioning one of Rep. Ron Paul’s views, but I am 100% thrilled to hear about his campaign against the TSA. It’s refreshing to see someone in power questioning the Idiocracy-style absurdity of the TSA airport screening process.As D.C.’s The Hill reported, during his weekly radio address Ron Paul spoke out against recent “overzealous” actions taken by the TSA — and mentioned that he supports abolishing the agency altogether.
Paul also said he is introducing a bill, “The American traveller Dignity Act,” to make sure that TSA screeners adhere to existing laws forbidding inappropriate or excessive physical contact.
1) How many Americans have been killed by a shoe bomb? Zero. How many are killed in auto accidents? 40,000+ annually. The government should not force millions of travellers to take their shoes off each day, simply because one extremist moron attempted that method — one thing the government should understand about terrorism by now is that the low lives who perpetrate such crimes rarely use the same tactic twice.
2) It’s cliche, but actually true: if we take away all of our freedoms, “they” have “won.” Aside from civil rights protections and economic mobility, what makes this country great is (in large part) physical mobility. You’re free to go wherever you want within our great nation, without undue questioning or restrictions on the part of the government. Take that away and America becomes slightly less free.
3) The TSA is one of the “faces” of government that is exposed to the public most often… With this in mind, you’d expect more professionalism and courtesy — instead of intimidation and “overzealous” actions, to quote Paul. Our taxes keep them employed. This is something they should keep in mind the next time they (allegedly) force a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper, humiliating her.
What do you think? Please share your views with me in the comments section below. It’s mad hot outside, so I’ll be here.
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