Who Owns Your Body?

When you buy a plane ticket, do you think you are giving up your Constitutional right that prohibits unreasonable search? Do you think you ought to be ogled and groped by the government? Many Americans, including myself, are appalled by the behavior of  TSA  (Transportation Security Administration) in our airports. (I know – CBS did a poll that says 80% are OK with this. Eighty percent of Americans don’t fly. Someone rightly said they should ask those who have been through airport security recently.)  TSA says we do give up our rights. They are, as of yesterday, trying to back-pedal a bit and say they will come up with some less objectionable practices. I will object as long as TSA  is in our airports at all, and here is why.

What is the foundation of this right not to be ogled and groped by the government? The Fourth Amendment says “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.” Looks to me like private property is the basis of this. What belongs to you is yours and you have control over it. If they have no reason to suspect you of a committing a specific crime, they have no right to rifle through your things, or inspect your body.

Who owns your body? Should the government tell you what vitamins or herbs you can take? Should they tell you how much salt you are allowed to consume? Or, fat? Or, if you are allowed to buy raw milk? Or, whether or not you can smoke tobacco? Or, consume anything else that you choose?

Who owns the airports? Not the federal government. Federal construction funds probably opened the door to all this mess, but they do not own airports. Most airports in the US are private property and are controlled by local government, such as cities and counties, along with the airlines and the federal government. Before 9/11 the airlines handled baggage and check in. They still ought to be doing that, rather than the federal government. That brings us to another Amendment to our Constitution – the 10th Amendment. It’s short and to the point and says “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” That means if the Constitution does not give authority to the federal government to make a law or institute a tax, or whatever other measure of control they envision, they should not be allowed to do so by the States or by the people.

As a Christian and as an American, I object to the government having any control over my body. And as the old saying goes, “Give them an inch, and they will take a mile.” Private property ownership is the basis of the freedom we are supposed to have in this country. When the government and the people forget about private property rights, we have all kinds of problems. I don’t think our government schools emphasize this for some reason or other, so I just thought I’d bring it up, for those who might want to consider it.

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I Finally Got to Meet Debra Medina

We’ve got this lady named Debra Medina down here in Texas who is running for governor. I’ve read her email and her website, listened to friends who support her, found out Ron Paul supports her, got a bumper sticker and flyers and sent a few dollars to the campaign, and last night I finally got to meet Debra Medina. I wanted to observe her demeanor–to see how she carries herself and how she speaks. I’m impressed. She’s knowledgeable, authoritative, intelligent. And she’s real–nothing plastic going on there.

There was a Meet and Greet for her before a TEA Party Meeting and my husband and I went to Meet and Greet and listen to her speak. (We’re not members–just went for her part of the meeting.) Debra Medina is on the Republican ticket but I’m not holding that against her and here’s why. (After the Bush/Cheney fiasco I doubted I’d ever vote for anyone on that ticket again–unless it was Ron Paul and I’m not in his district.)

Ms. Medina believes we need to do away with property taxes. My husband and I totally agree. It always feels like we are paying yearly rent when we pay ours. How is it really our property if they can take it away if we don’t give them money? Ms. Medina recognizes that property ownership is foundational to a free and prosperous society. She has a link to the Texas Public Policy Foundation on her website which explains how the budget could be funded without property taxes.

Ms. Medina also has a great idea for right to carry law. If a person meets the criteria in Texas for carrying a gun they should be allowed to buy one, or more than one, without having to give info to the state. She said it ought to be just like buying alcohol. If you are 21 you can buy a beer without having to fill out paperwork for the government. If a person has no criminal background and would be allowed to carry a gun with a permit, then they ought to be able to show a card or something that says so and buy whatever they want with no paperwork. She said that just as the government doesn’t need to know how much alcohol we buy, it’s also none of their business what guns or how many of them a citizen owns.

She talked about the healthcare bill and asked a very good question. Where is Texas in the fight to resist this? States have been standing up to Washington lately on a variety of issues from Real ID to gun laws to medical marijuana laws. Some states are also ready to nullify any attempts by Washington to force federal healthcare on them. Last week she led the charge to get folks to contact Gov. Perry, Attorney General Abbott and their state senators and representatives and tell them we need to call a special session and be ready to legally resist.

Ms. Medina pointed out that we have 150 years of case law to overcome. The courts have been resisting the efforts of states to use the 10th Amendment for quite some time. (I think this Day and Time are different and they are not going to be able to stand up to an onslaught of resistance from states.) And she said this will take time but she believes we can push back against new unconstitutional mandates from Washington as well as undo some other things. Debra Medina said we “can’t give another inch” to Washington and also, “Either the Constitution means what it says or it doesn’t mean anything.” She pointed out something that I’ve finally figured out over the past few years. There are issues that we look at when we choose who to vote for but if we don’t elect people to office who understand how the government is supposed to work then we will–and DO–have big problems. I think we can push back against Washington, too, but it will take electing people like her. She has my vote and my husband’s as well. He told me last night that he didn’t know until he saw and heard her who he was voting for. He said will definitely vote for Debra Medina. If you want more info here’s her website: http://www.medinafortexas.com/