I told myself that I was not going to write anything on Christmas Day, that I was going to give people a rest from my incessant nagging. But this story pissed me off and now I need to vent my anger. I know that very few people will even check their e mail today, but at least I’ll have gotten this out of my system.
A few days back a women had her Christmas plans ruined when the TSA jackboots handcuffed her for not allowing them to grope her breast during a patdown. Claire Hirschkind could not pass through the backscatter x-ray machine due to a pacemaker type device in her chest.
When the TSA, and Austin police, led her to a separate area to be patted down, she told them that she had not given them due cause to infringe upon her Constitutional rights, yet the would not allow her to proceed to her flight without being patted down.
She agreed, but stated that she was not going to have her breasts felt. To which the goons replied, “’Yes, you are.” When she refused, she was shoved to the ground, handcuffed, and led away in tears, another victim of the TSA jackboots.
What really makes me mad about this is the reaction of the other people in the terminal. The news agency, KVUE, reports that although people empathized with Hirschkind, the law is the law. Excuse me, but what kind of chicken shit mentality is that? The average American is so brain dead that they wouldn’t know the law if it came up and slapped them in the face! Let me tell you about the law!
Article 6 of the Constitution states, “This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme law of the land.” Now I know that some people do not understand the intricacies of the English language, so let me clarify that for you.
What they meant was, the Constitution, and all laws that are passed in the execution of it, are the supreme law of the land. Supreme means that it supersedes everything else.
Since all amendments to the Constitution are to be considered as part of that document, as being ratified by the required number of state legislatures, they too are the supreme law of the land.
Now, let me read for you the Fourth Amendment. It states, “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.”
Before I continue, if you’ll indulge me, I would like to explain to you how important it was that these first ten amendments be added to our Constitution. In a speech before the House of Representatives, James Madison delivered a detailed oration, explaining why he felt it important that these amendments be considered.
Many of those opposed to the Constitution felt that it did not adequately provide protection from governmental infringements upon their rights. In Madison’s oration, he stated, “I believe that the great mass of the people who opposed it, disliked it because it did not contain effectual provisions against the encroachments on particular rights…”
Madison went on to say, “It is a fortunate thing that the objection to the Government has been made on the ground I stated; because it will be practicable, on that ground, to obviate the objection, so far as to satisfy the public mind that their liberties will be perpetual…” Do you understand the meaning of perpetual? It means indefinitely, forever.
My final quote from Madison states, “But, whatever may be the form which the several States have adopted in making declarations in favor of particular rights, the great object in view is to limit and qualify the powers of Government, by excepting out of the grant of power those cases in which the Government ought not to act, or to act only in a particular mode.”
The Bill of Rights contains ten amendments, detailing specific rights that the people of this country felt were so important, that they listed them, thereby placing them OFF LIMITS to governmental tampering. Do you understand that? The government has absolutely no authority to infringe upon any of those rights contained in the Bill of Rights, no matter what the circumstances may be.
Therefore, when a TSA agent, who just so happens to be just another pissant like you and I, demands that we allow them to physically grope us, they are violating the Fourth Amendment.
Where is their warrant, stating probable cause, which lists your name, or mine, and clearly states the parts of a persons body to be searched? I would love to see them produce a warrant which states that John Q. Citizen is suspected of having an ounce of C-4 explosives tucked behind his testicles.
According to the Fourth Amendment, if they do not have a warrant, they cannot search your person! Yet hundreds of thousands of Americans meekly allow their rights to be violated daily because they have been told that it is for their own safety. Excuse me, but fuck that!
You know, Douglass MacArthur once said, “Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency.” That is exactly what this war on terror has done to us, kept us in a perpetual state of fear, looking behind every bush for some terrorist intent on blowing something up.
The dictionary defines terrorism as a systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. Did not George W. Bush say that these terrorists hate our way of life, the freedoms we enjoy? If that be the case, and we have surrendered our freedoms, just for a bit of safety and security, then the damn terrorists have already won!
Our freedom, and the rights we enjoy, are the things that define us as a nation, and separate us from the rest of the world. If we allow them to be taken from us, America will have become just another country that lives under tyranny.
You see, liberty is the principle, and rights are the specific qualities that make up that principle. Imagine that your limbs are your rights. Lose an arm, and you still can function. Lose another, and you can still walk. Lose a leg and then you start to realize that you’re in deep shit. Lose the other leg, and your confined to a wheelchair, a slave who no longer is capable of doing whatever he pleases.
The same principle applies to your rights. The more you allow your government to infringe upon them, the more you find yourself becoming a slave to them. Nancy Reagan is famous, not only as the former First Lady, but for her slogan on the war against drugs; “Just Say No.” When are the American people going to grow a spine and say the same thing to these government intrusions upon their rights? When are they going to stand up and say, I am not a slave, I am a free man?
Our Declaration of Independence states that “…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”
The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire states, “Whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.”
The people that wrote those words understood that there may come a time when government might become too big, and too oppressive. They understood that it was the right of the people to rise up and either shake off their shackles, and reform, or do away with those who oppress them. Or to quote the eloquent words of the famous cartoon character, Popeye, “I’ve had all I can stand, I can’t stands no more!”
Patrick Henry is famous for saying, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” Until Americans regain that desire to preserve their liberty, to grow a set of balls and stand up against tyranny, our government will continue to chop away at our rights, and we will all end up being slaves.