Obama signed legislation Thursday giving himself Secret Service protection for life.
The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, reverses a previous law that limited Secret Service protection for former presidents and their families to 10 years if they served after 1997. Under the law Obama signed on Thursday, he, former President George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses will receive Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives. Children of former presidents up to the age of 16 are assured protection under the new law.
The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 quietly passed the House and Senate in December 2012. But what about the people’s right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, including personal safety?
The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. Yet the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that right by some crazies in our midst.