No Fourth Amendment around Barack Obama: In the Name of Security We Get Royalty

The New York Post reports, “Golfers frisked as Obama arrives at Martha’s Vineyard club.”

Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.

“There was security on the way in, but no word as to why they were there.” The member added, “While eating, overlooking the golf course, guests had to stand up and be wanded.” One asked if he could finish his hot soup first, and an Obama security man cracked, ominously, “So, you’re not cooperating?”

I got this story from Bob Allen, who wrote,

I guess we all need to start carrying a copy of the Fourth Amendment in our pockets in case our erstwhile “King” decides to obnoxiously invade our location with his brain-dead jackboot thugs.

That got me thinking about Bob’s post on Eric Holder’s government jet privileges. The official reason that government office-holders are exempt from going through TSA and flying with the rest of us is “security.”

In theory, the officers in our government are not royalty, but in practice it seems they can somehow find a way to justify such treatment in the name of “security.”

So, where are we headed? Today it is frisking. Note that Obama could have pre-arranged his outing so that people only had to be searched who knowingly came to a restricted event, rather than suddenly being raided by Secret Service for involuntary searching (“So, you’re not cooperating?”).

What will be next? Perhaps instead of a mere wanding the President will need to be more secure. Maybe eventually his palace guards Secret Service will demand that all people in the area go prone on the ground to better protect the President’s person. Imagine how that would look. No one is prostrating himself or herself to the President, we will be assured.

This is just a matter of security.