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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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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Has Congress Become Useless?

Gene Healy writes: Has Congress become “a useless appendix on the governmental structure”? That was what then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., feared in 1968, according to newly released transcripts from the committee’s closed-session debates over Vietnam. Unless Congress was willing to assert itself on the war, he said, “I do…

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