Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wesley Strackbein Testifies Before Austin City Council

Austin City Council Testimony: Wesley Strackbein

By Wesley Strackbein

Honorable Mayor and City Council Members:

My name is Wesley Strackbein, and I’m a seventh generation Texan. My ancestors braved the hardships of early Texas, because they knew that—on this ground, in this state—men could live free.

While their new life in Texas had its challenges, the constitutions governing my family’s adopted state guaranteed liberties not recognized in their homeland of Germany—a real blessing they cherished.

This legacy is precious to me, and as a steward, I cannot sit idly by as despots move to rob our children of the sacred trust bequeathed to us by our forefathers.

Washington has declared war on the Constitution, and it’s time for Austin to fight back.

As you well know, the TSA has mandated the use of naked body scanners and intrusive pat-downs at our airports where no probable cause for wrongdoing has been shown—a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

This abuse is outrageous, and it must be opposed. Your own Airport Advisory Commission has rightly urged you to forbid the scanners and invasive pat-downs at Austin’s airport. Travelers at ABIA must be protected.

The question of jurisdiction has been raised, and it’s an important one.

Wherever you are in this debate, City Council, one issue is beyond question: The Federal Government cannot use one constitutional power as a club to bludgeon another constitutionally protected right. In the name of protecting us, Washington cannot suspend citizens’ right to free speech, right to due process, right to keep and bear arms—or “right to be secure in their persons.” To do so would break our charter covenants and subvert the very foundation of this Republic.

What then is our recourse?

Read the rest of Wesley's testimony here.

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