DC Trawler

Let’s all give thanks for The Nation

Yes, The Nation. “The flagship of the left.” They’ve blown the lid off this whole trumped-up TSA scandal:

Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA? This past week, the media turned an “ordinary guy,” 31-year-old Californian John Tyner who blogs under the pseudonym “Johnny Edge,” into a national hero after he posted a cell phone video of himself defending his liberty against the evil government oppressors in charge of airport security.

While this issue is certainly important—and offensive—to Americans, we are nonetheless skeptical about how and why this story turned into a national movement. In fact, this whole campaign feels a bit like déjà-vu: As the first reporters to expose the Tea Party as an Astroturf PR campaign funded by FreedomWorks and Koch-related front groups back in February, 2009, we see many of the same elements driving the current “rebellion” against the TSA: Koch-related libertarians, Washington lobbyists and PR operatives posing as “ordinary citizens,” and suspicious fake-grassroots outrage relentlessly promoted in the same old right-wing echo chamber.

If you want to know what the left is doing, just pay attention as they condemn their opponents. They think the Tea Party is astroturfed, and that they “exposed” it as such based on not a whole lot, because astroturfing is the only way they can get any support themselves. They think the groundswell against the TSA is manufactured because their own “outrages” are manufactured. It couldn’t be that people are genuinely disturbed by the sight of little kids and cancer patients being harassed by low-level government flunkies for the crime of traveling by air, because people like the staff of The Nation aren’t the ones telling them how to feel about it.

But wait, here’s the real bombshell:

So far, all we know about “ordinary guy” John Tyner III, the freedom fighter who took on the TSA agents, is that, according to a friendly hometown profile in the San Diego Union-Tribune, “he leans strongly libertarian and doesn’t believe in voting. TSA security policy, he asserts ‘isn’t Republican and it isn’t Democratic.’” [emphasis added]

Strongly libertarian! Yes, it’s a nefarious libertarian plot. As we all know, libertarians are highly organized and prone to groupthink, and nothing is more destructive to America than a citizen asserting his own liberty. (More on this from anti-government fascist Nazi Matt Welch.)

Remember one thing on National Opt-Out Day, people: Civil disobedience is noble and brave, unless there’s a Democrat in the White House.

P.S. Another gem from Mark Ames, the co-author of that groundshaking report in The Nation:

Anytime anyone says anything libertarian, spit on them. Libertarians are by definition enemies of the state: they are against promoting American citizens’ general welfare and against policies that create a perfect union. Like Communists before them, they are actively subverting the Constitution and the American Dream, and replacing it with a Kleptocratic Nightmare.

  • joep55weirdvibes

    This whole TSA thing is probably the biggest non-story of the year. It was first reported several years ago that these body scanners were being ordered and gradually placed throughout airports in the U.S. Nobody complained about it that I recall. The amount of radiation involved is harmless, and the operator who views the “naked” image is unable to see that actual person and is unable to in any way produce a copy of the image for whatever nefarious use people want to imagine.

    As far as a few people feeling their privacy invaded by the pat-down searches, shut up and get over it. Or drive to your destination.

    As far as Republicans and Fox News complaining about this, y’all should also shut up, because if a Republican was in office now instead of Obama, you would not be complaining about this at all.

    MSNBC has been particularly funny about this. On one show they had a segment where an “industry expert” spoke convincingly about the facts of this issue and essentially said it’s a non-issue. I agree. One or two hours later, Ed Shultz or one of those idiots and a segment showing the “don’t touch my junk” video and claiming that TSA was feeling everybody up that they could get their hands on. MSNBC apparently can’t make up their mind if they want to take a reasonable or wacky approach to this whole thing.

    The same stuff probably happened over on Fox, but I’ve spent more time lately watching CNN because I’m really sick and tired of hearing Fox and MSNBC turning non-news into big news events.

    The same is true on these websites. I’ve got to check out Daily Caller, Daily Beast and HuffPost and pick all the crap out of their articles just to get a glimmer of the truth about stuff.

    Is there a real, truthful website out there that is non-partisan? I haven’t found one yet.

    Anyway, once you get past the crap and boil down to the facts, this TSA thing is just another non-issue and a non-story. Must be another real slow news week. I guess these websites don’t have any journalists with time to write about such trivial issues as North Korea firing on South Korea (or as Sarah Palin would say, North Korea firing on North Korea) or nuclear treaties. I guess they aren’t sexy or titillating enough and just don’t get good enough ratings or web hits to bother with.

    • gringott

      Also, tell people with a contrary view of the non-important story to shut up about it, they have no right to talk about it.

    • Jim Treacher

      One way to prove something isn’t important is to write a 400-word comment about it.

  • tinteardrop

    “As we all know, libertarians are highly organized and prone to groupthink…”

    Nonsense…”Strongly libertarian” is imprecise. Within those self identifying there is a large range of positions taken.

    • Jim Treacher

      Gee, really?

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  • SteveM

    That the Tea Party has been astro-turfed, and the TSA is atrocious are not disjoint.

    Gasbag Dick Armey and FreedomWorks are Tea Party Parasites. And nitwit TSA Director John Pistole is a tool of the Security-Industrial Complex, (where he’ll land a fat and happy “consulting” job when he leaves government “service”.

    If it’s located inside the Beltway, it probably stinks…

  • gringott

    Scary. I guess I had better submit to my genitals being groped or I am in league with the Koch brothers……

  • andrewmgarland

    Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850): Socialism confuses the distinction between government and society. Every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.