Extremists

Ah, Texas. Such an easy target for mockery. So willing to stand up and say its piece when it believes in something. In today’s world, it must be considered an “extremist state full of extremists”. And it stood up against the US Federal government’s invasive and demeaning Transit Security Agency’s “enhanced security” measures.

‘the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed “Restrain-the-TSA” legislation, which would make invasive pat-downs a crime at Texas airports… The Texas legislation [PDF] proposes to charge TSA agents with a misdemeanor crime, face a $4,000 fine, and one year in jail for any airport inspection that “touched the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person, including touching through clothing; or touched the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.’ Ms. Smith, NetworkWorld.com, May 22, 2011

Here a state is actually standing up against the United States’ ongoing degradation of personal liberties. Well done, Texas.

More fascinating to me, though, was the above article’s very brief expose on President Obama’s Science and Technology Advisor John P. Holdren.

‘Holdren has some “disturbing beliefs about America, capitalism and humanity,” according to the Examiner.

‘Long before becoming “science czar,” Holdren co-authored “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment.” In this “environmental text book,” according to Stop Austin Scanners, Dr. Holdren promoted mass depopulation measures, advocating the “population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food (pp. 787/788).” Additionally, on pages 917, 942/943, Holdren wrote that a “transnational ‘Planetary Regime’ should assume control” which could “dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives – using an armed international police force.”

‘As the article points out, Science Czar Dr. Holdren is the “ultimate authority on science/technological issues” for the White House. So is this push of “safe” backscatter and full-body scanners at airports, stadiums, mass transit and elsewhere, part of Holdren’s vision from his book for the American way of life to include an armed police force?’ Ms. Smith, NetworkWorld.com, May 22, 2011

Apparently, Mr Holden has refuted these beliefs before attaining his current role. Still, Holden is (or was) an advocate for “coercive fertility control”, forced sterilization, and other crime against humanity — and who worries about “pronatalist attitudes” in the unenlightened.

“Pronatalist” would, presumably, be his preferred perjorative for “people who like babies”.

How on earth is Holden not considered not considered an insane extremist, while Ron Paul is considered crazy and extreme for advocating sound currency, an end to American invasions and occupations, holding the federal government to obey its own Constitution?

 

July First

On a day like today, when the patriotic among us are celebrating national identity, I am tempted to write prolonged rants about how patriotism is merely a subset of nationalism, which is a subset of collectivism. About how the evils perpetrated by nationalism far outweigh any goodness or nobility inspired by patriotism. About how it promotes an “us-vs-them” mentality as opposed to healthy individualism or the Rastafarians’ inclusive collectivist “I and I” ideology.

But I’ve got other things to do today. Have a great one.

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