Sunday, November 21, 2010

Americans Turn From Docility to Rebellion

"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be—to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all—the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government." Thomas Jefferson.

Tyranny throughout the ages has always been fought by individuals who defy the tyrants. The 20th and the beginning of the 21st century can be defined as an era of ever shrinking freedom for Americans. Our politicians at every level of government are constantly inventing new "rules of the game" to control us and to suck us dry. Americans need a hero or at least a new philosophy to rally around and to focus our attention on the growing tyranny in this country. Rob Tracinski at does a great job of explaining this. Let's rally around "Don't Touch My Junk" and get government out of our lives. Get TIA.daily in your mailbox for great analysis of what's going on from the point of view of individual freedom.

...And as a statement of the proper relationship between the individual and the state, "don't touch my junk" is a principle with universal application. It is the answer to nearly every political question.

Should we raise income taxes to pre-Bush levels? Don't touch my junk. Should the EPA be allowed to issue sweeping new regulations on the greenhouse gas emissions that come from your car, your lawnmower, your house? Don't touch my junk. Should the new "food bill" be allowed to put massive new regulations on farmers, dictating what you can and cannot eat? Don't touch my junk...John Tyner isn't just a folk hero. He is a political philosopher of the first order.

He is astute enough, at least, to name one big issue clearly. Told that being groped by a TSA screener was not sexual assault, he replied, "It would be if you were not the government." And that's the big issue: when we have no rights, all restrictions on government—from the Constitution to ordinary criminal law—are broken down.

All of this depends on only one thing: our docility. It depends on our being overawed by the authority of government. The Tea Party movement and its electoral results were a demonstration that the ordinary American will stand up when pushed far enough. John Tyner has just opened the next phase of this rebellion.

The enhanced patdowns and strip-search scanners are a kind of trial balloon, to test exactly how much we're going to take, to see whether there is any area so intimate that we will demand that the government stay out of it. And now we know what to say in response.

Don't touch my junk. (

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