To quote the late Senator Barry Goldwater, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have”. Mr. Conservative would be horrified were he alive to see the fulfillment of that ominous warning in the waning months of 2014. Years from now it will be widely recognized that one of the most dangerous byproducts of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) is the gargantuan Department of Homeland Security. The agency, which was created in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has become an all-encompassing, money-sucking menace that is subject to little or no serious oversight. It also continues to grow exponentially as it enjoys both a lockstep bipartisan support as well as an endless series of incidents that serve to allow the government to justify it’s existence.
The Department of Homeland Security has gained notoriety for working hard to turn Americans into rats and snitches against their neighbors and has serious potential to be our very own Gestapo – if it isn’t already. So far has the department wandered from the ostensible purpose of preventing another domestic terrorist attack that agents are now spending time and taxpayer money chasing down peddlers of unlicensed sports team apparel.
The website of the Kansas City Star reports “Homeland Security confiscates Royals underwear in Kansas City”:
Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.
The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the bottom, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop Tuesday. But Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.
“They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws.”
She thought that since the underwear featured her hand-drawn design that she was safe. But the officers explained that by connecting the “K” and the “C,” she infringed on major league baseball copyright. (The officials involved could not be immediately reached for comment.)
They placed the underwear in an official Homeland Security bag and had Honig sign a statement saying she wouldn’t use the logo.
“We just thought it was something funny we could do,” Honig says of the panties. “But it was so scary.”
The story is getting some traction and Sports Illustrated has even picked it up so hopefully it will lead to a well-deserved shaming of Obama’s American Gestapo.
I understand that there are certain trademark and copyright protections enjoyed by professional sports teams and violations are seriously enforced. The point though is that it is a major league problem when an already out of control bureaucratic monstrosity like DHS begins to become involved in matters that are traditionally the duty of law-enforcement personnel.
There is no shortage of bloat and waste in the enormous US government as it currently exists but why is it that the Department of Homeland Security never gets the appropriate degree of scrutiny that it deserves? Were we to have politicians who served the public instead of only watched out for their own miserable asses this agency would be dismantled. Decent elected officials with a respect for the Constitution would ensure that DHS would be brought under control before it becomes the omnipotent fascist police state enforcement apparatus that it will if left unchecked. Too bad we don’t have any such men and women serving as our “representatives’.
I mean where does it stop? What in God’s name does confiscating underwear have to do with fighting terrorism unless all American citizens are suspected to be “terrorists”.
Like the saying goes – we get the government that we deserve.