"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Thomas Jefferson.
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence." - Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States. (emphasis mine)
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonablesearches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." - Amendment 4 of the Constitution of the United States. (emphasis mine)
The Constitution is a document of chains. Chains that bind the Federal Government and restrict or limit the liberties it may take with the citizens of this country. One of those chains is the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits any civil officer or representative of the Federal Government to stop you or search you for any reason whatsoever. A warrant must be issued for such an action. So, even a police search of your vehicle at a traffic stop is unlawful according to the Fourth Amendment. The "probable cause" phrase used by law enforcement is an illegal reconciling of the law. According to the Constitution, ALL searches and seizures of personal property and effects must have a warrant issued. And those warrants must be supported by oath or affirmation, and must particularly describe the place to be searched, or the person or things to be seized. You see, the founders' intent was that someone truly is innocent until proven guilty, and that the search and seizure process was to be a painstakingly arduous task. The framers of the Constitution deliberately constructed the wording of that great document in favor of the citizenship of this great nation, and in direct opposition to anyone on any level that would seek to abuse the authority that had been given to them. The founders knew what it was like to live in a place where nothing really belonged to them. They lived in a place and time where, at any time for any reason, any or all of their property, effects, or personage could be seized and treated at the subject of their oppressors whims. That is why such strong language is used. Language lost on the majority of the public. Language that would be in favor of the people. Language that the average citizen was to have every benefit of the doubt in the truest sense.
With the institution of the Department of Homeland Security, and the subsequent founding of the TSA, the citizens of this country have surrendered their Fourth Amendment rights. Search and Seizure is too easy for law enforcement. We are mindlessly herded through cattle stalls with X-ray machines sold to the airports by the man who authored the Patriot Act. When will it be enough? What will we tell our children? When will scenes such as this one be nothing more than a shameful memory?
Texas made an attempt to stand against this tyranny, but no one would stand with them. When will we stop believing in a brown-skinned boogeyman long enough to adhere to the truth that safety is a personal responsibility? How long will we teach our children that the government sexually assaulting them is acceptable?
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Phil Routszong enjoys saving the world through the vehicle of satire with his site, Milk the Crisis. He and his snarky brother enjoy chasing down stories that involve political lunacy, naked emporers, vanishing polar bears, mutant corn and FEMA camps. When truth is stranger than fiction, there's always a new crisis to milk.