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Time: Why Rand Paul Was Right to Oppose Laser-Pointer Law

How extreme is freshman Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, the libertarian darling of the Tea Party? On Thursday, Feb. 3, he was the only Senator to oppose a proposed amendment making it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an airplane, taking a lonely stand with the idiots who try to distract pilots 35,000 ft. (10,000 m) up in the sky. After the 96-1 vote, Paul said the problem could be "adequately handled and prosecuted at the state level."

Of course he'll take the usual Washington abuse for ignoring senatorial groupthink, but Paul was actually right to vote no. As the old saying goes: You don't have to make a federal case of it. And I'll out-extreme the extremist: States shouldn't be legislating solutions to the laser-pointer menace either.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2046475,00....

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Senators actually spent time debating this issue?

Being the only one in opposition I think it calls for a private meeting of Rand Paul with Obama to convince him veto this issue. Of course while there he may bring up a few other issues.

The issue here is not whether

The issue here is not whether or not an act should be criminalized, but who has the authority to do that.

The federal government's powers are specified in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. ALL other powers are left to the states or local government.

For example, murder is a crime in every state. We don't need a federal crime against murder, in fact, the federal government does not have to power to outlaw murder. Murder is no listed in Article 1, Section 8.

Why is it that so many people can't seem to grasp this fact? And why is it that they think that if the federal government does not pass some law they see as necessary, the states won't?

I think that Washington is much more likely to pass laws (and issue edicts) that violate our rights. After all, politicians in Washington are a lot easier to bribe than thousands of state legislators.

We now need "Rock Throwing" federal law

now that the Laser pointing law is passed .. I was wondering we may also need one more federal law that can criminalize rock throwing on planes.

All the concerned federal agencies (NORAD, FBC, etc) can then have the pleasure of provisioning the required staff to enforce the new federal law on rock throwing.

What about shooting a gun at a plane?

Anyone familiar with with world famous artist Chris Burden and his piece where he is pictured actually firing a rifle at a flying commercial jet?

Wow how things have changed. Once considered high art has now been reduced to high treason.

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Lex. Herald anticipated trash piece on this 96-1 vote.

Paul's critique of Henry Clay miscast America's 'Great Compromiser'
12:00am on Feb 6, 2011; Modified: 1:50am on Feb 6, 2011

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/06/1624836/pauls-critique-of...

And already written response/posted comment:

The Federal Government does such a wonderful job of enforcing laws, like these:
1. Aliens crossing the border illegally
2. Homeland security by the TSA?
3. Insider trading by the SEC? and
4. The War on Drugs

Why not give them another one to enforce like pointing a laser at an airplane? This vote was a joke, a feel good joke for the jokester 96 Senators who voted "Yea." Do you believe that there are more pressing issues for our Senators to concern themselves with than this piece of trash legislation?

Reality check:
The U.S. of A. is bankrupt.
There are no good jobs, gone forever overseas.
When our monetary system ends, it will end badly.

If the Constitution was followed, Rand Paul's lone vote would be clearly understood and appreciated. We instead would be asking the question: What is wrong with these other 96 Senators?

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/06/1624836/pauls-critique-of...

Interesting article.

Rand is trying to keep expenses down at the federal level for something which can be handled just fine at the state level.

Do these senators who crafted this legislation actually think the fools who laser airplanes will stop now because they made a federal case out of it?

I doubt it.

But it will increase federal bureaucracy and costs.

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Great article. Believe it or

Great article. Believe it or not this has bothered me for DAYS. Can you imagine (if they ever caught the person doing it ((probably some kid))) caring for them for 5 years in a federal prison? I did not even know this was or could be going on. Ya think someone could have made a public service message about this hazard before making a law THAT MOST WILL NOT EVEN KNOW IS THERE??
This is another symptom of how elections will not help us. @#$%!

I posted a strenuous rebuttal

Wake up America! This is not what the Founders meant when they taught the right to keep and bear laser-pointers.

It is time to get serious. You cannot "see something and say something" if you have a blue-floater in your field of vision. The Department of Homeland Security has the means and the authority under the Patriot Act to stop this menace. A simple 1-mile "Freedom Zone" could be established around every airport in the US and at 710 military bases abroad. It would then just be a matter of searching every vehicle, backpack, purse, hat, briefcase, pocket, orifice, and trouser cuff of all the suspects who seek to enter or leave. Those who "opt out" could be beaten and arrested for resisting.

The provision should be temporary, and automatically renewed every four years without debate. Renewal would not be required for continuance of the program if the president or any employee of DHS deemed the laser-pointer threat at level "orange" or higher.


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Rand Paul's lone opposing vote speaks volumes.

The tyranny in Washington is rampant.

Rand Paul is just like his father, a pure Constitutionalist.

Another Coup for Paul

This is two liberals in as many days (the Turk being the other) who have recognized Senator Paul's principled brilliance. This is very big!

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Good Job Senator Paul!

and a nice article.

Undo what Wilson did

Good article and

good comments.

And People Ask Me Why I Vote For Candidates Who Can't Win

The big advantage of voting for principle against the odds, is that often enough, others want to know why you bother. I tell them it helps me sleep at night to know I did my best to prevent the election of whatever busybody is trying to dominate us, now. Not voting is comparitively whimpy opposition.

I have found it so much more rewarding to vote for Libertarian candidates (sometimes making exceptions for libertarian ones in another party), because sometimes, especially in close races, I can be part of the process of moving the debate in the correct direction: toward freedom.

Meanwhile, I'll bet there are 98 other senators wishing they had an approving Op-Ed in the NYT about them. I'll bet they want publicicy so bad, they'd even be happy if their name was mentioned in passing!

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the author, Mike Grunwald, NAILED it.


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Great article,

Thanks for posting.

Its good to know that some people are getting it.