A bullhorn can get somebody’s attention, but it will turn them away faster than you can say “backscatter.” We’ve found that the best way to connect with and engage fellow Auburn students with the message of liberty is big, original, lemme-take-a-second-look-at-that type displays. Our most recent event about the hyped-up TSA procedures exemplifies this simple principle.
Some inspired members put their heads together and brought this genius idea to life. To cover up our unclad friend we used a cleverly placed gift-wrapped box (reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s and Andy Samburg’s popular SNL short) and filled it with a bounty of YAL pocket Constitutions.
We received a rather warm welcome from the student body. Many laughed, only a few scoffed, but everyone saw our message: How far is our government going to go? How much liberty must we sacrifice for “safety”? Should I carry a pretty box over my crotch at the TSA checkpoint area? We printed off our three favorite ‘Protest the TSA’ full sheets provided by YAL, printed a bunch of quarter sheets to hand out, and talked with people about this violation of the Fourth Amendment and the overall threat to the future of our liberties.
We also discussed the possible dangers regarding radiation, the out-right, blatant corporatism regarding Michael Chertoff and Rapiscan Systems being a client of Chertoff Group, and the 12-17 year old range of underage individuals that have their naked images taken and looked at by the TSA.
We included these quotes on the back of our display, just to give people some perspective on the issue:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor safety. — Benjamin Franklin
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. — David Hume
Irresponsible power is inconsistent with Liberty and must corrupt those who exercise it. — John Calhoun
History teaches us that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency when Constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. — Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall