Rick Perry: Thou Shalt Not Grope (But Thou Shall Sonogram)

Not allowed in Texas, pal.
Not allowed in Texas, pal.

Governor Rick Perry's Crusade Against Groping will not be denied. He's added to the special session agenda a bill that would outlaw any airport security agent's touching the private parts of Texans, because...well, we're not really sure, except it's a way for uptight Tea Partiers to rebel against the federal government.

Perry didn't exactly trumpet his move, however: His official announcement described the legislation as a bill "relating to the prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression on those seeking access to public buildings and transportation."

Much of the airport-security stuff is overboard and ridiculous, and these ritualized searches are among them. We've had a couple, and while we wouldn't exactly call it "groping," we would call it silly.

About as silly as passing state legislation against it.

At least it's just a symbolic vote, and the state won't be spending man-hours and money fighting a pointless battle with the feds, right? Right? The staff time that will be dedicated just to breathless press-release updates on it all will be extensive.

But Texas has no other problems that need solving, so we see nothing wrong with taking on this heroic mission.

After all, Perry announced earlier this month he was vetoing some bills in order "to limit government intrusion into Texans' lives."

Somehow he didn't include the forced-sonogram bill in that list.


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