Archive for February, 2011

Jesse Ventura Takes On TSA

While trying to sell his wasteful, high-speed rail initiative during his State of the Union address last Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama joked that “it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down.”

Showing how superficial and out of touch they are, President Obama and members of Congress laughed at the line. Forgive me, Mr. President, if I do not follow suit; violations of the Constitution are not a laughing matter.

For the last year, the Transportation Security Administration has been engaging in a war on the civil liberties of Americans; forcing us to submit to intrusive pat-downs and full-body scans, in order to do nothing more than travel on vacation or head out of town on a business trip.

At least some people are fighting back.

Stemming from an incident at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is suing the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA’s parent agency, for infringing on his personal rights …

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Yes! ObamaCare is unconstitutional

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson issued a 78-page ruling finding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – more commonly known as “ObamaCare” – to be unconstitutional. His ruling goes beyond even that issued in December by Judge Henry Hudson in another suit challenging the law, brought by Virginia’s attorney general.  

One has to search long and hard before one finds a federal case declaring an act of Congress unconstitutional because it exceeded the so-called “commerce clause” powers afforded the Congress in Article I of the Constitution.  But this latest decision found this to have been precisely the case.  This is a welcome decision and one long overdue.  We can only hope that Judge Vinson’s sound constitutional analysis is upheld when the U.S. Supreme Court decides this matter, as it almost certainly will in the near future.  If it does, the constitutional principle of limited and enumerated federal government powers will have had some real life …

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