Gable: My Meeting With Senator Tom Wyss
People often ask me why I am a Libertarian and why I believe in less government and more freedom.
Meetings like the one I had on Tuesday with Sen. Tom Wyss, (R-Fort Wayne) are why and they continue to serve as a reminder that we still have dangerous politicians pushing dangerous agendas that do nothing but abuse the rights and freedoms of our citizens.
While meeting with Sen. Wyss Tuesday morning, I learned the veteran lawmaker is still in favor of collecting the DNA of those suspected of a crime, is in love with the Patriot Act and favors drone strikes on American citizens.
Scary? It is extremely scary as far as I am concerned.
During my half-hour meeting with Sen. Wyss, we spoke about Senate Bill 0002, which pertains to the DNA collection of anyone arrested for a felony. There are several problems with this bill, but the first and perhaps most important is that this measure is a direct violation of the 14th Amendment as well as the 4th Amendment. Sen. Wyss shared with me why he believes that the bill is necessary, citing a case in Fort Wayne where a person with a criminal past could have been caught faster if his DNA were in a database such as the one he is proposing. I respectfully disagree with Sen. Wyss and have been on the record as previously doing so. Unfortunately, it appears as if there is no swaying Sen. Wyss on the matter.
The meeting took an interesting turn as Sen. Wyss asked if I was in favor of the Patriot Act and then seemed disappointed when I responded with, “no.” Sen. Wyss asked why that was the case and I responded with, “I believe in the Constitution.” Sen. Wyss said he had no problem with the measure or with citizens being subject to searches prior to going to Lucas Oil Stadium, entering the Statehouse or boarding a plane.
Sen. Wyss’ arguments raise numerous concerns to Libertarians. First, the Patriot Act is a misnamed bill that does more harm than good to American citizens. I shared with Sen. Wyss, the act does little to fight terrorism. Instead, it opens citizens up to being monitored without knowledge, violates the Constitution by allowing searches and seizures of citizens and property without a warrant, and allows for Americans to be detained indefinitely. I cannot help but wonder how many terrorist attacks the TSA has stopped by harassing and fondling elderly women and young children. Nothing screams fun on a Sunday in the fall quite like a full body pat down before cheering on the Colts in our taxpayer funded stadium.
And, when it comes to the use of drones on American citizens, seriously? Sen. Wyss believes it is okay to kill Americans if they are suspected of working with terrorists. I reminded Sen. Wyss that the use of drones by the government on its own people is very scary and reminded Sen. Wyss that we invaded a country over a suspicion that weapons of mass destruction existed and found nothing.
Sen. Wyss said he took up an oath to uphold the Constitution. Senator, actions speak louder than words. Speaking of words, I am reminded of the words of Ron Paul and George Washington.
“Our Constitution was written to restrain government, not the people,” Paul said.
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington
The time has come to stand up and say enough is enough. If you feel like I do, I’d invite you to contact Sen. Wyss’ office at 317-232-9807 or email Sen. Wyss at firstname.lastname@example.org.