Americans Cower Before the TSA


It’s obvious, is it not? The TSA is the perfect symbol for what happens when huge government runs amok. They say that the universe trends toward chaos. Why should government be any different? And so Americans have become acclimated to accept the abuse as the TSA gropes their sexual organs to assure that we are all safe, Safe, SAFE.

Well, OK, our freedom and privacy isn’t so safe, but that’s a small price to pay to know that no crotch or teat bomber is going to blast us from the sky. We believe that, don’t we? We must. Why else would we submit to being felt up by a complete stranger?

Americans have this thing about zero risk tolerance when it comes to air travel and the TSA. So I’ve got a question. How come we aren’t hopping mad that only 1 percent of the 28,000 daily commercial flights have an air marshal aboard? I mean if we’ll let our 6 year old daughters be sexually groped in the name of safety, why do we stand for the virtual guarantee of no armed authority on board the planes we fly? Curious, that.

We accept it because the government mandates that’s the way it is going to be. We accept being groped for the very same reason, when you get down to the truth. Oh, we say things like, they can strip search me if it keeps me safe . . . but that’s just an excuse for not resisting our government betters (what a joke). Go along to get along. Don’t make a scene and besides, there’s that appointment that must be kept in Oshkosh.

It’s sad to see Americans cowering before a government agency like the TSA in the name of being safe. Americans make all kinds of decisions every day that involve risk. There’s risk in most things we do. What about those people who decide to buy a motorcycle? Do they know and accept the risk or do they not think about it? People will make a 100 mile trip to see granny without concern for the travel risk. We just accept that over 40,000 Americans die every year in auto accidents.

One could take that same logic to ask why the government needs to be groping it’s citizens. Why must a 95 year old cancer patient remove her adult diaper while being detained for forty five minutes? How desperate are we to be safe? How desperate are we to comply with our government? Are body cavity searches where we draw the line? Only TSA Chief Joe Pistole knows for sure and even he may at last be having questions. But Mr Pistole apparently has no problem with his TSA hit teams showing up at Bus stations and other public places. Seems a little contrary to the *4th Amendment but perhaps you have noticed the Obama Administration plays it fast and loose with the law.

With 28,000 daily flights, over 2 million Americans are under the security authority of the TSA every day. Think about that. Consider the inconvenience and the cost of the security measures affecting that many people every single day. Now think about the thousands selected daily for pat downs. Is it worth the nightmare? Many people just will not fly any more at all. Others are like me, flying only when there is no other alternative. The airlines are nearly all suffering financially. Is it worth all this to go along because the government claims it makes you safer? How much safer?

Shouldn’t Americans be demanding that little children and the aged be exempt from groping. Hey moms, how come you won’t let your little Wandas walk two streets over to play with her friend, but you stand there compliantly while a stranger with a government uniform puts her hands all over your precious baby? Curious, that.

What about the rest of us? I say we should put a stop to all this groping and invasive security measures. Does it really make us safer? To regain freedom, our privacy, our dignity and our productivity, shouldn’t Americans accept whatever tiny fractional amount of risk might be added if the groping was made illegal?

I must ask a hard question. If one airliner crashes because a crotch bomber succeeds, how does that stack up against all the TSA overreach that is crushing our freedom, killing the airlines and retarding American productivity? It’s our bodies, our freedom and a lot of American jobs at stake. Are we going to let bat crap crazy terrorists and our own government do this to us?

When can we ever answer the question, “is it safe yet?” It’s never safe! It’s called life. The ultimate question is do Americans have the guts to live free?



The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported
by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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June 27, 2011 4:32 pm

Could Ben Franklin have been peering 236 years into the future and seeing the TSA?

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

June 27, 2011 5:05 pm

Recalling 9/11, this airplane thing was new and frightening, actually using the things as weapons. So a lot of ad hoc arrangements were made. One thing I couldn’t get a handle on was the Dept. of Homeland Security. I thought we had the Dept. of Defense, and the Coast Guard, and the National Guard, and the FBI, et cetera and we already had metal detectors, so I thought all we needed to do was tear down Jamie Gorelick’s ‘wall’ to let agencies share intel, hire and train some profilers, and go overseas and wage war. When GW said ‘terrorists and… Read more »

June 27, 2011 6:19 pm

I think everyone (except the weirdos who like getting groped) is waiting for the next elected non-idiot, non-graft ridden, non-corrupted president and administration to boot the TSA and their slag union to the curb.

Some TSA perp will end up touching the wrong person and find themselves praying to God they never should have hired on to the touchy-feely patrol. I’d say those results will be rather messy.

June 27, 2011 10:00 pm

if granny is being sexually groped by the government, you are not secure.

people have entirely forgotten what it is we are to be secure FROM.

June 27, 2011 10:26 pm

Plus there is this uneasy feeling in the air we all feel that things just aren’t right, that it isnt America anymore. Back in the 1950s and even yes 1960s headlines like these of this kind of activity would have been thought to come out of an Ayn Rand book or a “political thriller” or even an episode of Twilight Zone -but lo and behold now they are happening in real time right before our very eyes.Don’t forget gun puchases and applications broke all records during – when?- the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Usually by good liberals too. The LibDem… Read more »

June 28, 2011 11:30 am

Tex, John Russell at GAZ just linked this post,

good show

June 30, 2011 12:48 pm

I say it’s an attempt to put the airlines out of business so “Government Airways” can take over the industry.