Reposted from www.skepticmoney.com
CBS, Stephanie Condon, reported that Ron Paul Jr was “detained” after setting off an alarm in Nashville, TN airport. Ron Jr has requested elitist scanning, after last year blasting pat downs:
In a June 2011 hearing, Paul told TSA administrator John Pistole,
“I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs. The American public is unhappy with them, they’re unhappy with the invasiveness of them.”
After reports surfaced of young children getting intense, random pat-downs, Paul said in the hearing,
“It just really just shows that no one is thinking… We need to be doing better police work and doing less of the universal giving up of our freedom to live our life the way we would like to live our life.”
Anyone having been out of the states or even read the news knows that women and children can carry bombs and terrorist items as well as adults.
Ron’s elitist notion that congress men and others should be excluded from pat downs shows how egalitarian his libertarianism is. Perhaps he would also enjoy the Arab states where princes can party and enjoy prostitutes while the average woman can’t even drive a car.
I suppose his every-person-for-themselves attitude would qualify for entrance in the privileged club of those who don’t get patted because they faked patriotism for long enough.
His “trusted traveler” program would serve as yet another class differentiation in a society that spends too much time separating itself from others. What is to prevent a spy, a mole, an underground deviant from flying a few years before springing their terrorism.
If we are to prevent this loss of freedom in travel, one new to the states as opposed to Europe where they have had to long protect their borders, he should reconsider whether “our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities” are really incapable of being terrorists.
He would no doubt prefer profiling where only the children, seniors, and people with disabilities of other countries looking different than us would be patted down.
Maybe when enough elitists are patted down who can’t evade the system, the system will change such that it gives more freedom to everyone and not merely the privileged few who have the power to talk their way to the front of the line.
Jim Newman, bright and well