Huckabee: TSA Makes Us Like North Korea

Sometimes I wonder if there’s some sort of secret competition going on among conservative politicians and pundits to see who can say the most idiotic thing and still remain a viable candidate for office. If so, Mike Huckabee may have the inside track on the payoff at the moment:

Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run.

Donald Trump also spoke.

Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each earned a devoted following among tea party activists. While the two senators mostly stuck to their usual talking points, Huckabee offered an extra large serving of red meat.

“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,” he said in his remarks. “When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing.”

Yes, Mike, having to go through a metal detector before getting on an airplane makes America just like North Korea. Then again, maybe the fact that you can go around the country saying egregiously stupid things like this without getting put in front of a firing squad or disappeared into a concentration camp might, to a reasonable person, count as evidence against your absurd rhetoric. Then again, you’re not a reasonable person nor are you trying to appeal to reasonable people.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/kalli.procopio Kalli Procopio

    I think Mike Huckabee should be subjected to search, metal detector scan, X-ray scan, anal probing, cavity search and then asked for his ID before he can vote. No one else should be subjected to this, just Mike Huckabee. This way he can be satisfied that security before voting is just as high as it is for the airport. After all he has been terrorizing politics for years.

  • sh3baproject

    the TSA are dillweeds, but at least they dont shove dicks down my throat.

  • John Pieret

    Kim Jong-un’s uncle got shot for not clapping hard enough at the announcement of a new office his nephew was appointed to. If this was North Korea, pretty much the whole tea party would be wearing blindfolds and being offered a last cigarette.

  • doublereed

    Er… is that an argument against the TSA or an argument for voted IDs? Because it doesn’t really make sense as an argument for both

  • scienceavenger

    Mike scores a double here, idiocy and hypocrisy, since it was people like him that insisted on all these ridiculous security processes at the airports in the first place.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    scienceavenger, that was when a True Patriot, aka a Republican President, was in charge. When an evil Socialist Democrat President is in charge, especially one who is a Muslimofacist, all that stuff suddenly becomes evil and America is one step away from being North Korea. Once a True Patriot is once more in office all that stuff will suddenly be legitimate, and any criticism of it will mean you’re an evil Anti-American who “hates our freedoms” and wants the terrorists to win.

  • vmanis1

    Well, in North Korea, one can be executed by flamethrower, but in an airport one must take one’s shoes and belt off. Pretty much the same thing, right?

  • Doug Little

    Complete Bollicks,

    The only time you get hands on you these days is if you refuse to go through the detector or you have something in your pockets that is opaque to the scan. I suppose this process is open to abuse as you don’t actually get to see the scan of yourself but I’ve been in and out of airports a lot lately and haven’t been touched by TSA in probably 2 years. Also you only need one form of ID a valid passport or valid drivers license will do.

    But of course he wouldn’t actually be flying through regular terminals but FBO terminals for his private jets so how would he know anyway.

  • Doug Little

    Oh and about the US being like North Korea, which seems to be a meme popping up more and more these days, anybody inclined to believe this needs to watch the VICE documentary on North Korea before falling for that steaming pile of bullshit.

  • Chiroptera

    “…but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing.”

    Just like North Korea!

  • Trebuchet

    I think you’ve got it backward, Ed. Huckabee is all in favor of those airport procedures and thinks they should apply to voters as well. To non-white, below-the-poverty-line voters, anyhow.

    Meanwhile, this:

    Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run.

    Donald Trump also spoke.

    is the most awesome dig at Trump I’ve ever seen!

  • busterggi

    Huck needs to have a vaginal probe just like his fellow Christian cons want women to have before they can have an abortion..

    If he doesn’t have one the doc will just have to push harder.

  • Taz

    doublereed –

    Er… is that an argument against the TSA or an argument for voted IDs? Because it doesn’t really make sense as an argument for both…

    Sure it does. It’s terrible when a real American like Mike Huckabee has to deal with the TSA, and it’s also terrible that those “other” types aren’t hassled when they try to vote.

  • pocketnerd

    I’d be happy to see the TSA shut down… but I’d wager a large sum Huckabee is just spouting talking points for the faithful and has no intent to follow through. The security-industrial complex is a gloriously bipartisan effort and the TSA is their signature accomplishment. Practically nobody in Washington wants to shut it down.

    Thus Spake ZaraDoug Little, #8

    The only time you get hands on you these days is if you refuse to go through the detector or you have something in your pockets that is opaque to the scan.

    Or if you get pulled aside for the selective search, as I often do. (I suspect I’m on one of those secret lists the TSA insists it doesn’t maintain, probably for being insufficiently docile and submissive.)

  • Synfandel

    Maybe we could provide Mr. Huckabee with a good frisking the next time he votes. I’m sure he’ll feel a whole lot better.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Then again, you’re not a reasonable person nor are you trying to appeal to reasonable people.

    But he say “My gosh”! That means he can’t possibly be another Nixon!

  • Doug Little

    Or if you get pulled aside for the selective search, as I often do. (I suspect I’m on one of those secret lists the TSA insists it doesn’t maintain, probably for being insufficiently docile and submissive.)

    They still do those? Haven’t had one of those in ages, I must not be on a list. I used to get them all the time as well back when they started the whole “random” search thing. Haven’t seen anybody pulled aside for a random either during my times going through security lately.

  • Thorne

    since it was people like him that insisted on all these ridiculous security processes at the airports in the first place.

    Yeah, but he didn’t think it would actually apply to people like him. Just people like us.

  • caseloweraz

    Huckabee: “…but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing.”

    If this is taken literally, it could be Mike Huckabee who is responsible for some of those alleged Democrat multiple-votes. He has the money, he has the time, and per his own words he can ID himself as anyone of any political party each time he votes.

    /snark

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @7:

    I read that piece about Li’l Kim III and it’s pretty horrific.

    Then I saw this:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/silicon-valley-wage-fixing-steve-jobs-brutal-response-to-finding-out-he-just-got-a-google-employee-fired-9226210.html

    After reading it, I thought to myself, “drat, it’s too bad; I was already happy that Steve Jobs is dead”.

    I remember when people used to make fun of Harold Stassen, perennial GOP presidential candidate; compared to the current group of GOPinheads he was U Thant, Dag Hammarskjold, Albert Schweitzer, Albert Einstein, Ghandi and the Dalai Lama, all rolled into one.