All hat, no cattle

Texas has caved on HB1937, “A criminal act for security personnel to touch a person’s private areas without probable cause as a condition of travel or as a condition of entry into a public place,” which was headed for an imminent Senate vote in Texas after passing the House unanimously 138-0. Some US Attorney warned the lawmakers that “the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute. Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

Denninger wants a boycott of Texas companies. I don’t see that working. I’d like to see the governor mobilize the Texas Air National Guard to fly along with any commercial flights leaving the state. As Denninger points out, this was a winnable battle, because Fedgov can’t afford to tank the economy of one of the few states making money. If Perry had stood up for his legislature, he would be our next President, easily… and if not, then the first President of the reconstituted Republic of Texas.

2 Responses to All hat, no cattle

  1. kishnevi says:

    TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”
    The obvious retort is of course, Well, you can’t do that now, anyway, even when we let you sexually molest random members of the public

    But in fact, the state of the law regarding federal pre-emption would probably mean this law is unenforceable, at least until Texas did secede.

  2. Jeffrey Quick says:

    “Enforceable” depends on how far each side wants to go in enforcing their law, and what the rest of the country thinks about it. I think we’re rapidly getting past the point where we agree on the rule of law.

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