Well, I didn’t think I’d see it this soon, but I guess it wasn’t going to wait forever. Do you all remember Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Tex)? No, well let me remind you. She is the brainless moron down in Tex district 18 that said hurricanes were racist because they all had “lily-white” names and there should be some multiculturalism represented in regards to naming hurricanes. She also advocated selling F-16 parts to Hugo Chavez and attempted to hijack a hearing on radicalized Muslims comparing them to Christian “militants” that want to end reproductive freedom for women. She opens her mouth at any opportunity to cry racism and in her own words, “…am a queen and demand to be treated as one.” In other words, yeah she is an elected official, but she is not a real smart one. Now we get to her latest blunder, which could end up affecting all of us.
Jackson-Lee has partnered with the Dept of Homeland Security, the TSA, the Metro Police, and the Harris County Constables opening a national pilot program known as Bus Safe. The program is designed “to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.” How are they going to do this? They are going to violate the 4th Amendment rights of every Houstonian through the forced submission of random bag searches, K-9 sweeps, the presence of uniformed and plainclothes police officers at transit centers and rail platforms, and oh yes, the biggie, Randomly stopping passengers and questioning them about their destinations and their reasons for taking transit that day. (heavy German accent) Gif me your paperz! Schnell!! Holy crapballs Batman, this sounds like something right out of Nazi Freakin’ Germany. It sure does Robin, and guess what, it is.
Jackson-Lee was at the unveiling of the program and was calling for expanded police presence and more security. This is no surprise seeing as how she has used fear and propaganda to push the police state agenda under the guise that any back down from expanded measures would lead directly to another 9/11 situation. Um, just as an aside, TSA hasn’t stopped diddly-squat. How many times have you heard or read about someone who slipped a knife, razor, bottle of water, gun, or nail file past dozing TSA agents at the airport security, or waited until the perv agents were busy groping some poor soul as the others drooled and looked on. Yeah, TSA is garbage, but now you want to give them some kind of Orwellian authority and let them intimidate regular citizens. This read readers is a slippery slope, if it takes hold in Texas, it will be able to be enacted anywhere. I know of no group, okay maybe some militia men in Michigan or Idaho, so enamored of their freedom and firearms.
Benjamin Franklin has often been quoted as having said something to the effect of, Those who would trade temporary safety for some essential liberties deserve neither and will lose both. I guess we’re about to find out just what that means.