There are some issues that transcend ideological boundaries. For example, issues like eminent domain and the “do not call list” generated such a public outcry that both parties stepped in to clamor for public support on those issues. Another such issue is the TSA – or at least it should be.
Even liberals I have spoken to hate the TSA. The Founders would roll over in their grave if they witnessed the crass violations of our liberties at airports. It’s as if we no longer have constitutional rights at airports. Worse yet, we are not even safer after all of their prohibitions, scans, and pat downs. Due to the fact that they search for items instead of terrorists, we are still exposed to the threat of Islamic jihadists on planes. It’s not like their “no fly list” is up to date. As such, this is an issue that is ripe for Republicans to harness and run with. As usual, it’s Senator Rand Paul who wants to lead.
Instead of parsing words over some minutia, Rand Paul is saying in plain English that he wants to end the TSA and return security screenings back to the responsibility of the private sector, which has a bigger stake in running the process more efficiently and safely. Rand Paul wrote the following in an email to supporters:
Sometimes our liberty slips away silently, and it is almost hard to notice what went wrong and where. The one fortunate thing about the TSA is that they certainly don’t fit that definition.
The American people shouldn’t be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane. As you may have heard, I have some personal experience with this, and I’ve vowed to lead the charge to fight back.
Please read the email below from my friend Matt Hawes at Campaign for Liberty. Campaign for Liberty is leading the fight to pressure Congress to act now and restore our liberty. It’s time to END the TSA and get the government’s hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers.
It would be nice if our presidential nominee would make the TSA a prominent issue in the campaign. Just as many Democrats fly as Republicans. This is an issue that would resonate with all but partisan liberals. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many politicians who have the courage to stand for liberty, even when it’s popular – certainly not people like Mitt Romney.
Politico is reporting that Paul’s plan would also contain a passenger’s bill of rights. We hope to push this issue hard in the coming weeks.
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