North Korea has more freedom than the the citizens of the United States, claims Mike Huckabee. This seems like a fairly odd comparison, so why is he even making it?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, if you want to start comparing freedoms, a good place to start is how all North Koreans are required to match the notoriously bad hair style of their leader Kim Jong-Un. When South Korea recently offered to discuss unifying with North Korea the government responded by shooting down the idea, as well as threatening to test nuclear weapons that could potentially be attached to ICBMs. Tensions have also been rising recently ever since North Korea’s missiles were fired toward the South’s border as part of a live missile test.
Mike Huckabee’s North Korea comments were apparently directed at the security measures required by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):
“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. 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.”
The TSA has not exactly been very popular due to some of the decisions being made over the years. One of the most infamous incidents is when a TSA agent demanded an elderly woman remove an adult diaper, although this past year the TSA blamed the government shutdown for when a 9-year-old escaped to Las Vegas. Just in the last three years, the number of TSA agents accused of taking bribes, taking naps, and generally not doing their jobs have risen sharply according to some reports. Worst of all, a leaked TSA document claims they’re not even necessary. Their internal threat assessments indicated that “literally zero evidence [shows] anyone is plotting to blow up an airline leaving from a domestic airport.”
Of course, the main thrust of Huckabee’s argument came at the end, where he criticized voter ID laws in the United States. The idea that some form of ID should be required to prevent potential voter fraud has become controversial once again in recent weeks, with even President Obama chiming in on the subject:
“Let’s be clear. The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”
What do you think about Mike Huckabee’s North Korea comparison?