About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

TSA Procedures Designed To Protect Airplanes Not People In Airports

Many of us may have had personal experience in the airports over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with the Transportation Security Agency's (TSA) full body scan procedures or aggressive pat-downs either first hand (pun intended) or by friends or relatives who visited. The polls indicate that frequent flyers object more to these new procedures than less frequent flyers or non-flyers. Alert lovers of liberty will immediately recognize that this intrusion into our way of life is just one more liberty taken away or given up regardless of how often you personally fly so please be aware of what the real issue is. One woman told me "I just won't fly any more" as if that is an answer instead of a total capitulation. How pathetic a solution.

The choice is presented to us as one of safety or of liberty & of course this is totally misleading because the real question to ask is why are We The People putting up with these airport intrusions if we are the mightiest nation on earth. To say we prefer safety thereby giving up liberty marks us as cowards while if we say we prefer liberty in the face of imminent danger marks us as lunatics.

The libertarian approach is to eradicate the people causing the problem so that every law abiding person within America's borders can go about their lives freely as they see fit without having to make such a fools' choice. Many of you picked up on this point in a recent posting - "Our forefathers warned us of America's enemies - both foreign & domestic. America can't eradicate these enemies soon enough to suit me whenever & wherever we find them."

The current TSA procedures are designed to protect airplanes not people in airports who could be blown to smithereens before they get to the scanning stations. The government is fighting the last war whether it is shoes, liquids, or underwear. What happens if al Qaeda's fascination turns from airplanes to trains or buses - do we check every passenger before boarding there also? TSA has hinted they are prepared to do this - are we? What about Little League games let alone stadiums filled with a hundred thousand people - will the lady who is prepared to give up flying also be ready to never see her grandson play Little League baseball again if bombs start exploding @ games across America? Does she ever stop capitulating? Do the rest of us?

Now my eradication position comes with precedence. For instance Libya's Colonel Gaddafi, the longest serving of all current non-royal national leaders, voluntarily surrendered his weapons when he took America seriously after seeing our might on the Persian Gulf before the invasion of Iraq. When you grovel between the coward's choice of temporary safety & the lunatic's choice of essential liberty in the face of almost certain death you are about to get neither safety or liberty to paraphrase Dr. Franklin & you certainly will not get the same result we obtained with Colonel Gaddafi.

This condition & type of choice is what happens when you don't fight or wage war to win against an enemy who despises us & is trying his hardest to end our way of life - our military personnel are in harm's way instructed by the government to fight blindfolded with one hand behind them - a complete & tremendous disservice to them that has now spilled over to the rest of us in the airports.

But we should be heartened by this video of Congressman-elect Lt. Col Allen West speaking on the above subject exactly in line with my earlier point about eradication of our enemies. Please check the ReturnToExcellence.net posting of December 13, 2009 for the first posting on the blog featuring Lt. Col West - he is one who will stand up & work with us to return America to the excellence of our founding principles thereby ensuring the unconstitutional treatment in airports of innocent people is soon ended.

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