The Transportation Security Administration is about to institute more aggressive pat-downs.
I posted on this last week, U.S. Airport Pat-Downs Are About to Get More Invasive:
The new physical touching—for those selected to have a pat-down—will be what the federal agency officially describes as a more “comprehensive” physical screening, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesman...“I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn’t involved will notice that the [new] pat-down is more involved,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson said Friday.These enhanced pat-downs do not surprise me. Since John Kelly was nominated by Donald Trump to head Homeland Security, of which the TSA is a division, I expected that more aggressive government tactics would be used on American citizens. The “comprehensive” pat-downs are one example.
Kelly is a military man. His objectives come first, before any niceties or decency---or even logical policy (let the airlines handle their own security/boarding policy).
So how are libertarian Trump fanboys handling the news of these new aggressive pat-downs? By apologizing for this new groping in the Age of Trump!
One commenter to my post writes:
My reaction is the same. The TSA is off on its own doing these things and not even Gary Johnson had he been elected would stop it unless the people put up a massive stink over it. There simply weren't any real libertarian choices in this regard.There weren't any real libertarian choices so we go for an aggressive upgrade in groping?
The TSA is off on its own without approval from Kelly that Kelly or Trump can't do anything about?
Is this the kind of response we got during the Obama and Bush presidencies?
And another posted this:
I fear that Wenzel's anti-Trump glasses are coloring his thinking to such an extent that they are now negatively impacting the quality of his analysis.Yes, because I am sticking to libertarian principle on government groping, my overall analysis has gone wrong!
And, yet, another:
Believe it or not, the state is not going to disappear any time soon simply because of the NAP. Trump represented a pivot away from political correctness and an erosion of our national borders and thus our national identity, which is why many of us voted for him.
Oh yeah, let's not attack groping because "the state is not going to disappear anytime soon." But, hey, Trump is good on federal transgender policy, so all is forgiven: "a pivot away from political correctness" and that great statist theme, "national identity."
So got that, no howling about the new aggressiveness is allowed?
When the less aggressive intrusions under Bush and Obama occurred, libertarian howls never ended.
Trump has clearly co-opted a bunch of the libertarian crowd who have stopped supporting full on liberty.
Just because Trump is good on federal transgender bathroom issues does not mean that libertarians should fail to raise an uproar when the Trump administration goes in a decidedly anti-libertarian direction. I would think the move in the direction of more aggressive groping applies.
The real libertarian movement is rapidly shrinking in size all because an authoritarian is in charge, who wants tariffs, has already escalated the wars in the Middle East, is hugging Israel, and has called for vast increases in military and infrastructure spending.
It's probably good they are gone. It gives us the opportunity to hone our libertarian communication skills, without noise from those who can be so easily swayed from supporting full out libertarianism in the first place.
We need more Ludwig Erhard types in our corner, not more beltarians or Trumptarians.