U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s current standoff with the TSA at a Nashville airport could potentially represent a perfect reason to dismantle the TSA, at least in the eyes of Americans who are concerned over the trampling on Constitutional rights by the government.
It so happens that supporters of Senator Paul’s father, Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul, are the very ones who have been calling for the dismantling of the agency in light of its year-long attack on the rights and liberties of U.S. citizens who travel through the nation’s airports.
The Senator’s problems began when he was told at the airport by TSA officials that there was a problem with his scan as performed by the ever-present screening machines, and that he would need a pat-down.
Senator Paul refused.
Thus, the standoff began with the TSA refusing to allow the Senator on his flight to D.C. unless he submitted to the pat-down, and Senator Paul’s refusing to undergo the procedure while insisting that he be allowed on the plane.
The Obama White House even took the unusual step of weighing in on the issue, stating that Obama supports the TSA in insisting that a sitting U.S. Senator be subjected to a pat-down before being allowed on his flight.
Ron Paul quickly jumped into the fray, not only defending his son’s decision to refuse the pat-down but using the incident to renew his calls for the shut-down of the TSA.
Dr. Paul has also called for the dismantling of the EPA, the Departments of Energy, Education, and Commerce, and other federal agencies which he says are no longer needed and that cost too much money. By eliminating these departments, says Paul, the nation can make great strides toward reducing the huge mountain of debt and eventually balancing the budget.
Further, by calling attention to the TSA’s overreach, Dr. Paul highlighted the fact that the ‘police state’ in America today has grown out of the control and must be scaled back immediately.
The incident is sure to become a campaign issue in 2012, with the White House insisting that the TSA’s intrusive and what many claim are unconstitutional scanning techniques are entirely appropriate, and Ron Paul and other Republicans who are concerned about American freedom sounding the alarm that the nation is on the brink of losing every liberty for which the Founders fought and died.
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