Excited for you, tom!!!
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From: "Tom Mullen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Jul 8, 2009 12:47 AM
Subject: Tom Mullen on Fox News!
I got some exciting news today. On Wed. July 29 at 2 PM I will be appearing on "Freedom Watch" with Judge Andrew Napolitano on FoxNews.com. If you haven't had a chance to see this show yet, you can check it out here: http://freedomwatchonfox.com. I do not know who the other guests will be that day, but will update you as I get more information. You can find a link to the stream on my website at www.tommullen.net.
Thanks to all of you who joined me in Montgomery, AL for the Montgomery Tea Party on Saturday the 4th.
For Mullen music fans here in Central Florida, I will be doing a solo acoustic show at Tropicana Field on Sunday August 16. I will be playing from about 11:30 AM until the Tampa Devil Rays game starts. Please join me if you have a chance!
I am continuing to update and improve my website at www.tommullen.net. There are new feeds, new content, and new links every few days. Please do stop by!
As always, updates include the latest article on my blog. I look forward to your insights and comments.
Liberty Is An Absolute
Our legislators are not sufficiently apprised of the rightful limits of their powers; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us. No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him."
– Thomas Jefferson (1816)
Over the past week I've made two round trip flights by air, which means I have had the distinct pleasure of passing through airport security four times in seven days. It may be my imagination, but I believe that our friendly neighborhood TSA officers are getting more authoritarian. While the officer at the podium still exhibits call center courtesy, those charged with seeing that people make their way through the canvass rope maze and show up with their license and boarding pass ready have taken to shouting orders as if managing a chain gang. Of course, this characterization isn't far from the truth. However, I don't really blame the officers personally that much. Their job is to get people to act in a completely unnatural manner – partially disrobing in a crowded room full of strangers just for starters – and with the exception of frequent travelers they are never going to do it right.
So, as the days go by and thousands of new travelers shuffle in and forget to have their licenses ready, forget to take their suntan lotion out of their carry on, try to go through the metal detector with their jackets on, and do a thousand other things that innocent people would never think twice about doing, the frustration must build with these foot soldiers in the War on Terror. "I just told you yesterday that you can't bring liquids through security!" they must think, forgetting that the little old lady they are snarling is not the same little old lady from yesterday or the day before or the day before that…
However, my sympathy does not go so far as to let me forget what is happening each time I remove my shoes and render my person, papers, and effects insecure against unreasonable searches. Regardless of the chirpy greeting by the uniformed agent with the infrared flashlight or the bizarre signs attempting to characterize this shakedown as some type of customer service (Rather be molested in private? Just ask…), I always remember what is really going on: I am being investigated for a crime.
There is no probable cause, no writs, no warrants sworn by oath or affidavit. In fact, for the 90-year-old gentlemen in front of me who just put his cane through the x-ray machine and is now holding onto the glass wall as he tries to stumble through the metal detector without it, there is no scenario that any reasonable person could imagine where he would or could harm anyone. Yet he is a suspect, too.
Most sane people who observe spectacles like this immediately conclude that law enforcement is going too far. Surely, there must be a better balance than this between liberty and security. However, in thinking this they have already made an error. When it comes to liberty, there can be no balance. Liberty abides no compromise. Liberty is an absolute.
But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security."
 Jefferson, Thomas Letter to Francis Walker Gilmer June 7, 1816