Most of the time when we travel we drive.  I have a diesel BMW X5.  We bought it on Jan 2, 2009.  It has almost 78,000 miles on it!  This morning I dragged my butt out of bed at 4 am to make my 6 am flight from Chicago to Fort Meyers.  At my size, I don’t fit on planes really well.

Since 9/11, traveling through the air has gotten to be a real hassle. The whole airport shuffle has become like going through issue in the Army, hurry up and wait.  One of the real low points of the response to terrorism has been the creation of the Bureau of Homeland Security.  We needed to do something, but we reacted so fast the country didn’t think through all the implications.  The bureaucrats working for Bush used the opportunity to expand bureaucratic and Presidential power.  Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste” and the Republicans in the Bush administration didn’t.

This year, we have had terrible shootings in different parts of the country.  It’s horrible what has happened. Psycho killers have massacred innocent people that just went to a movie, the mall, or school.  Now, the same people that always advocate against guns are clamoring for some big government response, freedom be damned.  Most of those same people were outraged over the Patriot Act.

Americans are giving up more and more of their individual liberty every day.  Patriot Act, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, less freedom of movement due to regulations, and on it goes. We ought to think really hard about giving up more.  I am all for figuring out a solution to the problem-but let’s make sure it’s rooted in the spirit of individual liberty our country was founded on.

It’s nice to be in Florida in the sunshine.  But boy is it a hassle getting here.

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