A letter from U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy threatening to halt all flights to and from the State of Texas has spurred a Texas legislator to pull his bill that would have prevented the Transportation Security Administration from carrying out its gropefest/pornshow activities in that State.
It’s just the latest in a series of strong-arm tactics employed by the current gangster government as it seeks to impose its will on its subjects.
Texas’ politicians sought to stand up for the rights of its citizens and criminalize any searches and seizures conducted without probable cause. The bill came on the heels of a litany of abuses by TSA agents at airports, where travelers — including children and infants — were subjected to humiliating and intrusive pat downs.
The U.S. Justice Department (now there’s an oxymoron) has taken to using threats to impose government will as a matter of course. In April 2009, an assistant attorney general threatened to withhold Federal funds if Oklahoma amended its State Constitution to make English the official language of the State. Also in 2009, similar letters were sent to both Montana and Tennessee threatening over their Firearms Freedom acts. Last month, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island received a letter from the Justice Department threatening the State over its medical marijuana legislation.
The Administration of President Barack Obama has brought Chicago-style politics to the White House. And right now, because States have become so dependent on Federal largess, there’s not much that can be done about it — especially when dealing with an Administration that cares not a whit about the rule of law.
Washingtonexaminer.com columnist Michael Barone described another aspect of the ruling thugocracy and its habit of rewarding friends and penalizing enemies here.
But several States are considering legislation similar to Texas’, and there’s strength in numbers. Should the Justice Department impose no-fly zones on a half-dozen or more States at a time, getting enough votes to win an election in 2012 is going to be a difficult prospect for Obama.
Hat Tip: Tenth Amendment Center