Republican Candidate Says He’d Rather See Another Terrorist Attack Than Deal With the TSA

bob-johnson-idiotIn what might be the best example of pure stupidity you’ll see for quite some time, Republican candidate for Georgia’s 1st District, Bob Johnson, said he would rather see another terrorist attack here in the United States than deal with TSA screenings.

Johnson said, “Now this is going to sound outrageous, I’d rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen.  Give me liberty or give me death.  Isn’t that what Patrick Henry said at the founding of our republic?”

He also claimed that the TSA is “indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniform personnel, agents of the government, like sheep.”

I think it should be noted that the privilege to fly in this country isn’t a Constitutional right.  If you don’t like the security procedures required before you board an airplane, don’t fly.

Just recently I watched some of the videos from September 11, 2001.  Nearly 3,000 people died that day.  I watched the videos where people willfully jumped to their deaths to escape the horrors that were happening within those buildings.  No matter how many years go by, I can still remember the total feeling of helplessness watching those events unfold.

For this person to say he would rather see a day like that (or even worse) happen again because he’s a delusional asshole who hates the government with such veracity that he believes security screenings at the airport are some form of “indoctrination,” it ignites a feeling of rage inside of me that words cannot even describe.

And while he’s trying to portray these comments as a stance about protecting our “liberties,” the sheer ignorance one must possess to even accidentally say such a thing is astounding.

This man is an absolute embarrassment to the Republican party, this country and humanity in general.  Give him liberty or give him death?  I say just get the hell out of the United States if he hates our government that much.

And anyone who might even think about voting for this guy should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    I am from New York State. Although I live quite some distance from where the twin towers of the trade center were located, it was televised live as it happened. I don’t recall seeing the same with the strike at the Pentagon nor the Pennsylvania crash. Needless to say, that was a horrific day. Forty five days after this attack, former President Bush signed into law the Patriot Act. What is more despicable is that most of the hijackers were Saudis. For those who don’t remember, after this attack, former President Bush was video taped at Camp David with Saudi royalty walking hand in hand and osculating. Now, let us think carefully about what this Bob Johnson is saying. Truthers, take notice.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      as not shown by FOX “news”……………..
      FOX “news”– watching US presidents since 2009

  • Karlheinz Groeger

    He has a point. What happened was horrible, heinous, and despicable, but there is no reason for us to sacrifice personal liberties in the quest for an unreachable goal – 100% guaranteed safety throughout life! We’ve become mindless sheep, afraid of everyone who’s different than us, and we’ve become too stupid to realize that far more people die annually from preventable accidents and other causes that we do little about! We are spending billions of dollars for programs that have no effect, and do nothing but allow us to vent our outrage, so we can feel better about ourselves, because we’re not like “those barbarians.” According to your “logic” we shouldn’t buy Japanese cars. Man can be a cruel being at times. We slaughtered Indians by the millions, and now we keep them confined on reservations, but that’s because we’re superior to them, right?

    • MHerren

      You don’t tear down a society and turn it into a prison state simply because you’re afraid bad things are going to happen. Bad things are always going to happen. Living your life in constant fear and sacrificing everything that makes your nation great won’t change that.

  • Kim Quinones

    I have to say, that although exagerated .. I actually agree with his analogy..that the NSA is so invasive, we have no rights, we have guidlines that were “REQUIRED” to submit ourselfs to, in order to travel… its bull shit

    • Jason

      Then you are welcome to stay home

      • MHerren

        Why would you want to live your life that way? Stop being afraid bad things are going to happen – they are… particularly in a free society. Accept it and move on. If we as a society cannot stop violence in literal prisons – how do you suppose we will stop it by turning society at large into one? Most importantly, how do you get to decide such things for others? I’m not sure when it became your job to keep me safe.

      • Jason

        It’s not my job to keep you safe. My point to the post was if you (or anybody else ) do not like the security measures at the airport, then don’t travel. I do not find the security measures that intrusive and I travel 1-2 times every month. I’d rather spend a few minutes going through security and not be blown up in the air. So think a little more before you post a stupid thought next time.

  • Sandy Greer

    TSA can be a pain. So much so, I prefer to drive, even clear across the
    country. Only fly when I have to – different countries, or overseas. Even then, I can’t go ‘coach’: Flying is a pain, too.

    But I don’t equate the ‘liberty or death’ crowd as Haters of the Govt. Author
    is just wrong in that. Their POV is different from his own, and he doesn’t like it – but that doesn’t make them Haters. Author belittles himself to call Johnson a “delusional asshole”.

    Candidate was wrong to say what he did. He could have chosen his words
    better. But I accept his explanation of ‘heat of the moment’. I’ve said things in the ‘heat of the moment’ I’ve had cause to regret – and I have been forgiven them. We all have, I reckon.

    Finally, it’s not The Right Thing to say “just get the hell out of the United
    States” because we don’t like what somebody says. This is their country, too – like it, or not.

    “Just get the hell out of the United States” is JUST PLAIN WRONG!!!

  • Pipercat

    Think going through the lines are bad now, imagine after another commercial aircraft involved incident.

    • JeffSampson1

      Yeah, but the TSA wouldn’t prevent another incident anyways. They’re nothing but security theater.

      • Peter

        And you are nothing but a joke.

      • JeffSampson1

        Little Petey, the TSA ain’t catchin’ any maniacs with guns. They can’t even catch the fake guns officials bring through security to test the screeners.

        Now I know you’re scared of the big bad terrorist boogeymen, but if you just read that “Anti-boogeyman” note your mommy gave you, that’ll do just as much good as the TSA. Keep it with you always.

      • Peter

        Say that to me when someone crashes YOUR plane in the ground. Ill bring that note to you and see if it makes you come alive again.

      • Pipercat

        Now all you need is some data to back that up.

      • JeffSampson1

        Easy. Just Google, “Has the TSA stopped any terrorist attacks?”

        The first website is Slate with a story say, “No. Not once in 9 years. In fact, 16 terrorists flew on 23 flights and not one was ever stopped.”

        The next result is a great debate from the Economist. Any rational reader would arrive at the conclusion that the TSA is essentially useless and that trying to prevent attacks that have already occurred, unfortunately, won’t prevent terrorists from developing new methods of attack.

        Keep visiting links and you’ll quickly see that (1) The TSA has (accidentally) publicly stated that there’s no evidence terrorists want to attack the US and (2) TSA executives admitting they’ve never prevented an attack.

        In summation, you can’t prevent future attacks by planning for already executed attacks. It’s just silly.

        I’d be happy to provide you with countless additional reputable sources, but alas, FP’s not a big fan of links in comments (or maybe they just don’t like links that make their columnists look like silly, scared conservatives?).

      • Pipercat

        This is all nice, but one small fact remains: No major terrorist incident, via commercial aircraft, has occurred since the 9-11 attacks that originated from the United States. Doing a search in the form of a question will return the results you cite. Opinions, debates, conclusions and not data. Try a Boolean search:

        Commercial Aircraft Terror incidents originate United States.

        Debates, conclusions, and irrelevancies prove nothing.

        The reason they turn off links is to prevent spam.

      • JeffSampson1

        Actually, when I submitted the comment it said it would be reviewed by a moderator. Maybe it’s an auto-deny, but it’s kind of silly not to just say that.

        You know, I once had a friend with car that wouldn’t start. It’d been a good car, occasionally a little problematic, but generally it started right up. Well, my friend didn’t know much about cars, but he got out anyway and took a look under the hood. Naturally, he couldn’t find anything wrong. He was so frustrated, that he wound up and kicked the tire. Hard. Really hard. His wife saw it, laughed and said, “Give it one more try, maybe that fixed it!” Irritated, frustrated and a little pissed at his wife, he sat behind the wheel, turned the key and the car started right up!

        Now, he kicks the car tire as hard as he can before he gets in… and guess what….It’s never failed to start again…

        Kicking car tires is great and all. And maybe it does help cars start and prevent terrorist attacks. I guess I can’t prove it doesn’t. We haven’t an attack since he started kicking his tire….

        You can kick tires all you want. I can’t change your mind. I suggest you stop living in fear, look into how well TSA has performed (not well) and the difficulty of their task (exceptionally, exceptionally difficult). Maybe do some research – compare US security to Israeli security, look at how often TSA misses objects and terrorists, maybe just think about our methods for a bit.

        We’re using outdated techniques trying to prevent a terrorist attack that occurred 13 years ago. We’re acting like these terrorists are absolute morons. It’s all just an act to make scared people feel better…

      • Pipercat

        I’m not living in fear and I’m not sure how you came to that conclusion. That was a nice story, but my comment was big picture reference. In fact, my first comment expects the inevitability of another attack. You brought up the TSA in the form of a pivot and I must confess I was a bit curious, so I went along.

        Having said that, let me impart some basic information regarding the people who comment here: We are not rubes and talking down to folks, I’m afraid in your case, is laughable. Especially, when your conclusion does not support your premise. Moreover, the person featured in the piece and other like minded politicians are more of a hindrance to progress than the institution itself.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      nudity in lines? OHNOOOOOOOOOOO—- imagine what the regressive white trash tea party “Christians ” will look like in the buff!!!
      ………….. now THAT is terrorism

      • Pipercat

        .. and premeditated agita!

  • Nerdsamwich

    The fact that you still feel that fear and are outraged at the thought of letting go of it proves that the terrorists won. They won because YOU let them. You have been complicit in the destruction of the US of A that was, begging for these modern invasions of privacy and assorted other edgings toward fascism, all in the name of being “safe” from terror. The only way to be safe from terror is to not be terrified.

  • He happens to be 100% correct. The TSA is nothing more than security theater. It hasn’t made us any safer and has not stopped a single terrorist attack. Get rid of it.

    • Peter

      So how many airplanes has been hijacked or used as human bombs since TSA came around?? Remember, flying is not a right. Its a privilege. If you don’t like TSA then don’t fly. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. If there is just a slightest chance that TSA could prevent a gun or a suicide bomber to pass the Check point then they are needed.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      ok,,,,,,,,,,,, then perhaps a “9/11” historical attack upon you and your area( which we can /will include some folks close to YOU) will be acceptable??

      • MHerren

        Acts of terrorism are always a tragedy… no one is hoping for another one… simply recognizing that some fundamental principles transcend fear of bad events. Individual liberty is one of those principles.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        based upon what that regressive politician said he finds a “9/11” less offensive that you and I do

  • Edward Krebbs

    Hey, I’ll bitterly criticize the TSA. Plenty of reasons to question them and their tactics. Plenty of questions that need to be exposed to open debate. Plenty of questions about the effectiveness and public burden to what they do. (See comment by Karlheinz Groeger). But to be dumb enough to state that you’d rather have another 9/11 ?

  • Shelley Caster Ross

    Well at least now we have a better understanding of why the Romans fed them to the lions. This guy and the preacher from Arizona that thinks women deserve to be raped because of their fashion choices should be put in the areana first!

  • toucanne

    Dude, ferocity, not veracity. I hate being the language police, but you’re a professional writer. I shouldn’t have to do this. Sigh.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      gonna have2 agree—— I tried to adhere veracity to that sentence: it doesn’t remotely apply
      that being said,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      lets all chant “BENGHAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIII”!!!!!!!! and win our free ( FOX “news”) T shirt

  • regressive teaparty trash

    actually- we should re-think this as giving him death would in fact BE a liberty for him( and us) as he no longer would have 2 worry about eating/showering/pooping/paying bills/ crying about anything premier~dictator~king~muslim/martian/Kenyan Obama is associated with! as we all see– its truly a form of NON liberty to have these poor white trash tea party pseudo-Christians always SOOOOOO powerfully upset with the quotidian pain they must endure now in this(since jan 2009: ask them) broken forsaken secular country—————————– so: all of U idiotic crybaby trash who KNOW O SO WELL that we are all gonna feel GODS “wrath” why not just go join your invisible creator in the VOODOO world by simply DYING???