Intrusive gropes of
traveler’s private parts by TSA’s government
employees is just the latest overreach of
this administration to “grope and grab”
every aspect of our lives.
Here are some examples:
Grope our bodies,
literally or by x-ray, treating everyone
as an equal threat to safety, and grab
Grope our medical
privacy in the electronic records the
government wants for every medical
Grab our right to
choose our medical treatment with our
physician, rather than the government
panels now being created.
Grope our financial
records in the new “reform” act.
Grab our money for
higher health insurance premiums to
cover new Obamacare mandates.
Grope and grab our
paycheck with more reporting and higher
Grab our liberty to
choose how we pay for medical care.
Grope and grab our
food choices with a food bill being
rammed through in the lame duck
Congress: as with “healthcare reform” it
has to be passed into law before we can
see what’s in it.
Grope and grab our
CO2 emissions–from traveling, from
heating and cooling our homes, even from
eating high-fat foods—in a vast new EPA
Grab our energy
sources with drilling bans onshore and
Grope and grab our
401k and IRA plans in a proposed mandate
to buy Treasury bills.
Grope and grab 30% of
all personal and business international
wire transfers of money beginning
1-1-2013, buried in the “Jobs” bill.
Grab added 3.8% tax
on the gain over $250,000 on sale of our
Grab our freedom to
express political opposition and
religious beliefs as are our rights
under the Constitution.
Grab even our kids’
toys, mandating removal from Happy
Meals, starting in San Francisco.
The TSA indiscriminate
body scans and intrusive gropes are a good
example of what Benjamin Franklin warned
against when he said in 1755 that “Those who
would give up essential Liberty to purchase
a little temporary Safety deserve neither
Liberty nor Safety.” His statement is often
misquoted to omit the key adjectives
essential liberty and a little temporary
safety, which then changes the meaning
significantly. He recognized that we always
have to make tradeoffs.
In the name of airline
safety, millions of Americans are being
deprived of their fundamental, essential 4th
Amendment liberty and have not really gained
any greater safety than we had with the
walk-through magnet and targeted pat-downs.
Body cavities can still be used by suicide
bombers to carry explosives. And cargo is
incredibly still not being adequately
screened for explosives. So it is only the
illusion of “enhanced security” that is
being offered in exchange for gross
violations of our bodies and our liberty—and
without the basic safety precautions
required in medical x-ray facilities, or the
infection control precautions demanded of
medical personnel. This grope-and-grab
policy, like the others, is about control
and subjugation of the public, not security.
What price are we willing to pay in dignity
and privacy for the illusion of more safety?
The government pretends
it is all “for our own good.” Anybody could
be a potential terrorist, and we as
consumers and patients are too stupid to
know how to manage our own lives. Dr. Donald
Berwick, recess appointed head of Medicare
and Medicaid even said it directly in July
2008 as he celebrated the 60th anniversary
of Britain’s National Health Service: “I
cannot believe that the individual health
consumer can enforce through choice the
proper configurations of a system as massive
and complex as healthcare. That is for
leaders to do.” (italics mine)
Based on 30 years of
medical practice, I disagree vehemently.
Patients and physicians acting as partners
make far better medical decisions than any
government bureaucrat I have ever
We are being
incrementally stripped of our liberties at
an alarming rate, like the proverbial frog
in a pot of gradually warming water. Once we
have lost all, it is too late to jump out of
the boiling water, back to our essential
liberty our Founders fought to achieve.
The fundamental question
is this: Do you want the government groping
and grabbing all these aspects of your life,
or do you feel YOU should make the choices
that are best for you? It really isn’t a
dispute over whether changes need to occur –
it is whether the changes should be planned
centrally by Washington to control and
direct your life, or whether YOU are
empowered to make the changes that are best
for you, the individual.
I think it is high time
we demand that our new Congressional
representatives start off the New Year with
a bold halt to the federal government “grope
and grab.” That’s a New Year’s Resolution
for change we can live with.
© Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. October 18, 2010
Dr. Vliet speaks as an independent physician,
not as an official spokesperson for any
organization. Dr. Vliet has no financial ties to
any health care system, pharmaceutical company,
or health insurance plan. Her allegiance and
advocacy is to and for patients. Her medical
website is www.herplace.com.
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. is a women’s health
specialist and the Founder of HER Place: Health
Enhancement Renewal for Women, Inc. with medical
practices in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX. Dr. Vliet
is President of International Health Strategies,
Ltd., a global healthcare and education service
company whose mission is twofold: liberty and
privacy in the choice of treatment options and
preservation of the Hippocratic tradition of
focus on the individual patient.
Dr. Vliet is the 2007 recipient of the Voice
of Women award from the Arizona Foundation for
Women in recognition of her pioneering advocacy
for the overlooked hormone connections in
women’s health. Dr. Vliet has appeared on FOX
NEWS, Cavuto, Stuart Varney Show, Fox and
Friends and syndicated radio shows across the
country addressing these critical issues. She
has been an invited speaker for numerous
healthcare Town Hall presentations, and guest
speaker at international conferences on how
healthcare regulation changes affect both
physical and financial health.
Dr. Vliet's books include: It’s My
Ovaries, Stupid!; Screaming To Be Heard:
Hormonal Connections Women Suspect-- And
Doctors STILL Ignore; Women, Weight and
Hormones; The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS,
The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Testosterone.
Dr. Vliet received her M.D. degree and
internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern
Virginia Medical School, then completed
specialty training at Johns Hopkins School
of Medicine. She received B.S. and M.Ed.
degrees from The College of William and Mary
in Virginia. Dr. Vliet is a Director of the
Association of American Physicians and
Surgeons, and member of The International
Menopause Society, The International Society
of Gynecological Endocrinology, American
Society of Reproductive Medicine, The
Heritage Foundation, The Jamestown Society,
Daughters of the American Revolution, Order
of First Families of Virginia, and the Order
of Descendants of Ancient Planters.
Dr. Vliet’s medical and educational
website is www.HerPlace.com For more on
healthcare reform, go to
To book Dr.
Vliet for interviews, healthcare talks, or
for permission to publish articles, call