OLATHE, Kan. - Well, they're at it again. The "unconstitutional" crowd. Mike Huckabee is the latest demagogue to find something unconstitutional. (Do you ever get the feeling that these "unconstitutionalists" are former communist hunters who've lost their enemy and are creating a new one out of whole cloth? Don't they have lives? Don't they have anything better to do?)
Now Huckabee is ranting about the TSA's mandatory full-body scan or alternative enhanced pat down. Challenging President Obama to have his immediate family go through the procedure, Huckabee says,
I fly a lot. I don't like the scanners and I don't like the pat downs. But this isn't a constitutional issue.
"If it's OK for your wife, your daughters, and your mother-in-law, then maybe the rest of us won't feel so bad when our wives, our daughters and our mothers are being put through this humiliating and degrading, totally unconstitutional, intrusion of their privacy."
It's a contractual issue -- something Republicans and Libertarians should understand. Like it or not, intense screening is now part of the contract. If you don't like it then you can drive, take a bus or train, or don't go. The Israelis have zero problems with terrorists on their aircraft but you don't hear anyone complaining. That's because fliers on El Al know that they're going to be subjected to intense scrutiny. It comes with the territory.
Why aren't the right wingers screaming about the unconstitutionality of their Wall Street buddies fleecing of billions of dollars from ordinary citizens? Sorry...I digress. I have to remind myself that Republicans and Libertarians don't let pesky constitutional issues get in the way when it comes to money.