I’m amused by those on the Left who want to blame this TSA groping scandal on Bush. Ah, yes, you know it’s all Bush’s fault.
How about a little history lesson.
Shortly after 9/11, Congress addressed the issue of airport security. Senator Ernest Hollings, D-SC, sponsored the Senate version of this legislation, S. 1447. Congressman Don Young, R-AK, sponsored the House version, H.R. 3150. While I would not call Congressman Young any knight in shining armor, and while he was noted for his liberal stance on union issues, one of the major differences between his House version of this legislation and the Senate version was that it allowed airport screeners to be contractor employees. The Senate version federalized all screeners. Bush supported the House version.
As we can see, the Senate version won out on this issue. For reference, see http://www.policyarchive.org/handle/10207/bitstreams/1285.pdf.
Now I’m not alleging that this was strictly a Democrat vs Republican thing. S. 1447 initially passed by a vote of 100-0, and Bush signed the final version of the legislation. But what I am alleging is that the notion that “the government can always do it better” is false. We who wait in lines at post offices and have to deal with the DMV know better. This is definitely a “ruling class” vs “country class” thing (see my post on The Ruling Class). Or, to use the language of Mark Levin, you can call it a “statist” vs “conservative” thing. Statists in Congress include all the Democrats and all too many Republicans. They like government solutions to things.
It’s easy, too, to tie this in to Mormon thinking. Members of the LDS Church, of which I am one, are very familiar with the famous statement by Joseph Smith, “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” (Doctrine and Covenants 121:39)
There is ingrained in the natural man a desire to have importance. You give someone a job where they can snap their fingers and point, and people have to go where they point, and many people love this authority. And as you create a bureaucracy full of people with power to do these kinds of things, it will lead to abuses. Our framers understood that and crafted a brilliant system of limited federal government with checks and balances and all kinds of safeguards. But activist courts and liberal politicians have been slowly dismantling the constitution since the days of FDR, and this is what we get.
The hope is that people are waking up to this. People see bureaucrats now trying to manage our health care, and it scares them. A grass roots movement is swelling that is calling for a return to that limited government envisioned by our founders. God bless that movement – that is my position.