Many have asked what they can do to help us resist the tyranny that crouches at our national doorstep. What really can be done? Above all there is one thing and, to be honest, you’re probably not going to like it. Very simply, concerning the TSA, we must all refuse to be part of the madness that is happening in our airports today. And by refuse I mean say “no” and don’t participate.
Even more specifically, protect your families and:
Do not allow federal security agents to see beneath your clothing. Your body belongs to you; it does not belong to them.
Do not allow federal security agents to put their hands on you. Your body belongs to you; it does not belong to them.
We have discovered in recent days that there are many people who need to be told these things. So please help others to recognize what’s happening in our country (and throughout the world) and what it means. Many travelers still show up to the airport without any clue as to what they are in for: strip searches and/or physical frisking as a matter of course in order to simply move about within our own borders by air.
With the capable counsel of the people at the Rutherford Institute, I am filing suit against the federal government to restore our Fourth Amendment rights and liberty. The problem with suing the government, however, is that when I show up to court the defendant will be seated on the bench! That’s going to be problematic, to say the least.
But how can any judge possibly go against us? All anyone has to do is read the U.S. Constitution – this is as black and white as it gets, right? Well it’s a nice idea, anyway. But we need to be honest with ourselves about what’s really at stake and what we’re up against in this battle.
The Constitution is, in truth, a contract that sets forth the terms by which our government was established and by which the participating parties must abide. Those parties include, on the one hand, ‘We the People of the United States’ as the governing authority. On the other hand are our various elected representatives as well as the judges and other assorted employees of all kinds whom they appoint to occupy an ever-growing array of offices and posts throughout the land. Indeed, there are a lot more of them today than the founders ever likely envisioned in their own time. Even so, there are still more of us.
Like any other contract, the relevance and integrity of the Constitution depends entirely upon maintaining the rule of law within its jurisdiction. Without the rule of law the Constitution and all other contracts are just pieces of paper to be chewed up and swallowed by raiding bands of vicious marauders (some being graduates from places like Harvard or Yale), who have no personal interest in the undergirding principles of a free and virtuous society. Such individuals are naturally attracted to positions of power from which they can lord it over their fellows in the name of public service. It should come as no surprise, then, that our government is riddled with their corruption, yet still growing (thriving, in fact) to accommodate their relentless ambitions.
These are the people we will petition to defend our rights and preserve our freedom and heritage. Will they serve and protect our interests? Will the Constitution?
The Constitution is a piece of paper upon which are inscribed a wonderful set of ideas. It cannot defend us. It is we, the people, who must protect it.
Understand that our nation is under assault. Simple greed and lust for power are trampling the rule of law in favor of policies and deals that boost the near term interests of a few while leaving the rest of us – as well as those who come after us – to suffer the effects of their bad decisions. While a handful of people stand to profit from the body scanners, the traveling public is being abused and, frankly, brainwashed. There’s almost no honor or integrity of character remaining in our culture. And this has resulted in a total failure of leadership at every level in every sector leaving us vulnerable to this kind of attack.
I believe we are quickly plummeting toward an authoritarian rule of the state. That seems to be humanity’s default condition absent the moral fortitude to strive for genuine virtue, even to the point of personal sacrifice. Such virtuous ideals, including liberty, require personal conviction, courage, and willingness to suffer in the lesser areas when necessary because of a belief in something larger than oneself and one’s own interests. Freedom has never existed or been able to endure without the shedding of blood. And it’s not like we’re even being asked to go to that extreme in putting the traitors behind the TSA in their place… yet.
But if we pass the burden off to our children, it is they who will incur the cost we ourselves are unwilling to pay – with interest. And we will still pay as well, having exchanged our freedom and dignity for personal convenience and the beguiling comfort of a false sense of security. How can we saddle our children with this shame, or even bear it ourselves?
We assume there is some line that evil will not cross. But evil doesn’t restrain itself. It must be restrained (see the many horrors of world history for evidence of this). Americans today are living in fear, unable to stand up and protect their families and themselves due to their own psychological and other internal mechanisms telling them it’s too risky; doing the right thing isn’t safe and the cost is too high. Besides, it’s just a hassle!
Wake up call
Friends, I’m pretty sure the folks behind all this TSA insanity are serious. Protesters in Europe have streaked their airports naked, railing against the scanners and invasive screening practices. Medical professionals have organized and spoken out. So have pilots, parents, and numerous other concerned interests. Someone has even suggested going through the security line in a sheep suit, opting out, and yelling “BAA!” as loudly as possible while being frisked. Now, while that might get a rise out of you or me, it’d just be another day on the job for the screeners in someplace like Newark or Los Angeles.
The state and other moneyed interests understand the public sentiment perfectly well, yet are willing to persist with millions of sheep bleating at the top of their lungs in protest. Complain all you want – they’ll still fleece you all the way down to the bare skin betting that, after all the kicking and screaming, your final answer will be, “Yessir, yessir, three bags full.” So far, they’ve been right.
The front-line goons in Memphis didn’t even take me seriously when I first told them no. They were sure I was bluffing and there was no way I was going to walk away from my job if they held their ground. So they tried to leverage that assumption, terrorizing me with the fear of potentially ruining my career. That’s powerful stuff for a regional airline first officer with six kids and a wife who stays home to provide them a quality education.
Then there’s the airlines’ complicity with the state’s thuggery. So far, the ones I’m aware of have basically been saying, “Fine, if you don’t want to come to work, go ahead and starve your family.” Haven’t you wondered why they aren’t speaking to the public? Because they’re quietly busy behind the scenes putting the screws to their employees – including the pilots who have already sacrificed more than most people can fathom just to get where they are in their careers. I’m not saying all that isn’t scary as hell, but rest assured, there is absolutely no substance to it – certainly not when compared with the TRUTH.
My point is the state is counting on our unwillingness to put our jobs on the line as well as the general public’s unwillingness to give up air travel for a time in order to put up what is really the only authentic and effective resistance we can (to say nothing about simply protecting ourselves from being abused). They’ve done the math and are prepared to incur a few weeks of bad press and words without action. Money talks, not words. When the airlines feel the pressure financially, flights cancel, and other businesses and our national infrastructure are affected, our voices will be heard. Otherwise, it’s business as usual and the political elite in Washington are simply going to see our present whining as a minor, temporary annoyance. I can’t see any other way within our control that even stands a chance of getting results.
It is still we, the people, who govern this land. We must govern better – according to better principles – than those who seek to usurp our authority and destroy our basic rights, freedom, and the rule of law.