Locked in the laughing stocks in the liberterrain…
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus called the TSA anti-groping bill a publicity stunt that would make Texas a laughing stock if it was passed.
But all that the bill would do would subject Transportation Security Administration agents to the same laws that already make it a felony in Texas to engage in the unwanted groping of people’s buttocks, breasts, and genitals.
If forcing everyone to obey the same, simple laws of common decency in the Lone Star State makes Texas a “laughing stock” one must wonder what that makes House Speaker Joe Straus.
Is he pro sexual assault?
The bill, after all, doesn’t preclude pat downs, just the “enhanced” pat downs that do, by definition, require contact with people’s sexual organs and other intimately private areas.
This implies that the federal government, which is adamantly opposed to this bill, is pro sexual assault.
Opinions in North Texas, according to the comments left by Star-Telegram readers on their website, seem to be split mostly between people who don’t get it and people who don’t get it.
One reader insists that people who like government groping should move somewhere that the groping is more commonplace, like China.
Meanwhile, an apparent pro-molestation responder demands that if you’re so afraid of the scanner that you force yourself to be “groped,” you should move “anywhere outside the US.”
The implication of posts like these is that the only “freedom” American travelers should expect is to be irradiated by scanners, groped by strangers, or else move abroad.
But since the TSA is now “attacking” (as one reader put it) Amtrak and Greyhound, and maybe ocean liners in the future, and driving into Mexico or Canada is getting ever more difficult, even exiting the US is becoming less of an option.
There is little mention of the libertarian dual concept of individual freedom and individual responsibility. In a free society the private airline industry would offer groping and non-groping flights with securely locked cockpits and armed pilots so everyone could make their own choices.
Libertarians would contend that American citizens who sheepishly acquiesce to these indignities from their supposed government employees are the real laughing stocks.
And just for the record, while there were some intelligent freedom-oriented responses in the 54 postings as of this writing, the word “libertarian” never appeared in any of them.
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