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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Re: TSA Agents Frisk Elderly Paul Ryan Supporters

By Rick Pearcey • August 23, 2012, 03:42 PM

Jim Kane writes at Gather.com:

Transportation Security Administration screeners are now being deployed to political events and were spotted patting down senior citizens at a Paul Ryan speech in Florida.

There's more at The Shark Tank, which notes: "We heard that the TSA was going to expand its ummm, ‘reach,’ but to assist in political campaigns is quite the jump in broadening their ‘transportation security horizons'." 

Infowars.com provides context:

As we have previously documented, airport security style checkpoints and inspection procedures are already in place at bus terminals, train stations, and are rapidly being expanded to the streets of America.

Agents have even been spotted roaming around at public events such as sports games and music concerts, and even at high school proms.

The TSA even moved beyond its own borders this summer as agents were dispatched to airports in London for the Olympic Games.

Kane reminds us that "during the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama stated, 'We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful' as the United States military. Perhaps the airport screeners are the civilian army he was talking about."

Kane concludes: "It's awful that Americans are becoming so inured to being patted down by creepy TSA screeners. The agency is becoming omnipresent in society. Isn't the Secret Service enough to protect candidates at political rallies?"

As for the Secret Service -- yes, it probably is enough to protect candidates. But what if the purpose of the TSA and similar arms of the federal government is broader? It's an honest question.

Omaba & Co. (which could include any among the Washington-centric establishment, including Republicans) may have calculated that a civilian army is needed to protect the federal government -- from the people.

Especially from those who expect presidents, congressmen, senators, and federal bureaucrats to uphold their oath to respect and protect the Constitution of the United States.

It's an honest consideration. And why we have the 2nd Amendment.

The Founding generation knew about the dangers of overweening control. The Washingtons, Jeffersons, and Madisons understood: The bigger the government, the smaller the people.

They understood the need to safeguard responsible authority so that it does not transmogrify into oppression, which has been the unfortunate norm throughout human history.

So when a 70- or 80-year-old grandmother is frisked by a "civilian army," freedom cries out. Her family, her community, her country come to the rescue.

It's the humane thing, the freedom thing, and the Creator-endowed "unalienable right" thing to do.

Let's hope the TSA isn't there to get in the way.