TSA Says When We Buy an Airline Ticket we Surrender Some of Our Rights; really?

The citizen outrage over the TSA “pat downs” and use of X-ray machines that create X rated pictures is completely justified as American citizens protected by the constitution are being molested and abused by representatives of our government. This argument is not about security it is about rights, and what we are willing to accept as a “price” for security. There are better ways to keep planes safe than the ones the TSA uses. But I want to focus on a particular comment and policy of the TSA.

The recent publication of a passenger telling a TSA agent “if you touch my junk I will have you arrested” has caused me the most constitutional concern. The passenger decided he wanted neither the enhanced pat down nor the X-ray option. He wanted to go through the metal detector just like 80% of the passengers at San Diego airport were allowed to do. He was denied that option so he chose to get a refund and was escorted to the American ticket counter to do that.

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Postal Service Announces $8.5 Billion Loss

The U.S. Postal service has announced a net loss of $8.5 billion for fiscal 2010. Since 2006, the USPS has lost $20 billion, and the organization is close to maxing out its $15 billion line of credit with the U.S. Treasury. Although the USPS has achieved some cost savings, they haven’t been enough to overcome a large drop in revenue due to the recession and the greater use of electronic alternatives by the public.

The USPS is required to make substantial annual payments to pre-fund retiree health care benefits. Last year, Congress allowed the USPS to postpone $4 billion of its fiscal 2009 into the future. However, Congress did not provide similar relief on this year’s required payment of $5.5 billion.

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Adopt a Legislator for the 2011 Legislative Session

The new session of the Tennessee General Assembly will begin in January 2011.  In preparation for the upcoming session, the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center is rolling out its Adopt A Legislator Program for the 2011 session.  With the drastic change in the House’s balance of power, we hope there is a better chance of getting Tenth Amendment legislation passed through the committee structure and onto the House floor this year.

To prepare for the upcoming session, we need to get Tenth Amendment Center model legislation in front of our legislators.  All of our legislation is listed below.  Click on the name of each piece of legislation to download a PDF that you can either e-mail or print and give to your legislators.  Additionally we are in the process of preparing some model legislation to deal with the airport body scanners as well, and hope to have that posted soon.

The important thing is for each person to adopt two or more legislators, either your own senator and representative or others, and help us get this legislation into their hands.  Encourage these legislators to introduce, co-sponsor, and vote for these pieces of legislation that are so critical to asserting Tennessee’s Tenth Amendment powers.  Most importantly, when you have contacted these legislators, go to our Contact Form, and let us know which legislators you have contacted, so we can track which legislators have and have not been contacted.

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Real REAL ID Encounters. And a remedy

Today’s email in box brought two REAL ID messages. Both of them follow below.  The first, from a FL TAC reader named Kathy expresses the frustration and sense of powerlessness we law abiding citizens face here in Florida. Please help by writing, calling and emailing your state senator and representative and tell them you strongly favor the repeal of Florida REAL ID. You can contact your state sentator at: http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/index.cfm?Mode=Member%20Pages&Submenu=1&Tab=legislators&CFID=238012659&CFTOKEN=51897855

and you can contact your representative at: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

Please be sure and contact both Dean Cannon, Speaker of the House and Mike Haridopolis, President of the Senate as well.

The second, from our good friend Paul Henry at Floridians Against REAL ID is the antidote for Kathy’s and all our problems surrounding the Florida legislature’s REAL ID act.  This ill advised legislation will not keep one person from creating mayhem against us. It does however, place our information in cyberspace for misuse and abuse. This has already happened on more than one occasion.  So much for our Fourth Amendment rights.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches 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.”-Fourth amendment to the US Constitution and also found in the Florida Constitution in Section 12:

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Nevada Tenth Amendment Center Online!

Nevada Tenth Amendment Center is just in its infancy , however please look forward to more information on nullification and other liberty related topics.

United States Constitution – Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Listed below are some excerpts from the book – Nullification-how to resist federal tyranny in the 21st century, by Thomas Woods.

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Bringing the Tenth Amendment to Massachusetts

In the last year, since December 2009, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has experienced a political facelift. Once considered the textbook example of a one-party state that would play the games of big-government politics without fail, Massachusetts has once again become a battleground for liberty. Groups of citizens, once believed to be a silent, defeated minority have rocked the status quo establishments of both major parties and put every politician in the state on notice that liberty will not be surrendered quietly to increasingly centralized authority. These citizens have rediscovered the prescient wisdom of the United States Constitution and find in that document empowerment to retrace the lines that limit our government to its rightful functions.

Some citizen activists came away from the recent election with a sense of defeat, maybe even hopelessness. How could a grassroots movement with so much evidence on its side lose to the same tired rhetoric of party politics? Remember that a midterm election is just one battle in a war of ideas that will be fought on many other fields. And today, into this war, Massachusetts has introduced a new weapon in its arsenal – a weapon, perhaps, not so much new, but certainly underutilized: The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Florida Health Care Freedom Act Returns

Rep. Scott Plakon’s  Florida Health Care Freedom Act is back and is being personally sponsored by Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolis.  The bill, HJR1 is a rarity in that senate presidents do not normally sponsor bills. Pinellas representative Lawrence Ahern is also a co-sponsor.

The Florida Health Care Freedom Act from last session was to be Amendment Nine on the November ballot but was disqualified by the Florida Supreme Court. ( view the text of the bill at : http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0001__.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0001&Session=2011)

That disqualification led to a campaign against Justices LaBarga and Perry by several groups including FL TAC where voters were encouraged to vote NO to retain these justices on the court. Regrettably, this campaign failed but the retention votes were less than the usual per centage justices normally obtain.  Florida’s justices should be on notice that retention is no longer a given for them and we in the Liberty movement are watching them and monitoring their decisions.

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A witness to intellectual gymnastics

When I first started dating my wife, a friend of one of my children told her that we could never get married because it was “against the bible.”

You see, my wife is black, and this child’s parents believe that races shouldn’t intermingle. Their biblical support for this belief rests on a few Old Testament verses, which in context warned ancient Jews from intermingling with other nations and ultimately falling to the temptation to adopt their religions, thus forsaking God. Those verses have nothing to do with modern race relations, or race at all for that matter. In context, they address issues of spiritual purity.

But these individuals harbored some racist attitudes and they bolstered those beliefs through a pick and choose smorgasbord approach to biblical interpretation.

We’ve all seen it. Anybody can pick an isolated verse or passage out of context and come up with any such manner of nonsense. To truly understand the intended meaning of any work, the reader must take it as a whole and allow the work to inform their views. But too many put their preconceived notions first and then force the text to support their viewpoint.

Many Americans  follow this practice when interpreting the Constitution.

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