Saturday, April 23, 2011

Coordinating the Fight

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
- Benjamin Franklin

After my first experience this week (account to follow...not as obnoxious as actor Wil Wheaton's but still Unconstitutional) in opting out of the back-scatter xray machines, I started looking for a petition online, either calling for TSA restrictions or for the government to shut them down outright. I was happy to find such petitions and dismayed at how fragmented they were.

A few petitions run into the thousands of signatures. If you added the signatures all up, they'd total close to 70,000 signatures and you have to start thinking that if they keep growing and the government receives 100,000 signatures on a petition, they'll have to back down to some extent. Unfortunately some of those signatures are on conservative sites (the largest one with 38,000 signatures is) and others are on liberal sites. The old "divide and conquer" strategy works far too well on us here in the US...it's time to realize we need to cooperate with each other when facing a common enemy if we want to defeat it.

As a political moderate, I'm therefore urging that everyone reading this blog take the time to visit and sign petitions at ALL these sites. I'll stop back here at this blog entry occasionally and update its totals or add new petitions. We have to find a way to cooperate or we're never going to get this mindless beast back on a short chain.

Come on people...let's send Napolitano and Pistole to the unemployment line!

http://www.wnd.com/airportscreening 38,000

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-tsa-to-stop-intrusive-body-searches 9,000

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882/104/966/ 8,701
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ban-body-scanners-and-intrusive-tsa-pat-downs/ 227
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/27/abolish-the-tsa/ 20
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-tsa/ 115
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-tsa-gropingnapolitano-must-resign/ 77
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tsa-scanners-and-pat-downs-ok-prove-it/ 247
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/full-body-airport-scanners-pose-too-high-a-risk-to-human-health/ 200

http://www.senatenj.com/index.php/doherty/tsa-petition/sign-the-petition-help-stop-invasive-tsa-screening/7149 4,000

http://www.petitiononline.com/StopScan/ 2,972

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-tsa-no-more-patdowns-for-minors 1,200

http://abolishthetsa.net/sign-the-petition/ 308

http://www.change.org/petitions/tsa-must-revise-screening-procedures-for-amputees 120

http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/tsa - Count unknown but this one is mentioned in several places

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