"Just doing my job!" isn't a good enough excuse when it comes to the TSA. It's not good enough when it comes to the BATFE. It's not good enough when it comes to police raiding the wrong house. We rail against these things day in and day out. We call those who perform the actions thugs, SS Nazis, gestapo, etc etc.
And yet people are quick to defend another blogger, who on the measure I generally like based on his blog (never met the man), when very clearly states he will violate someones rights (if only the right to be left the fuck alone as long as the only person you're harming is yourself) because, hey, that's his job.
As a small (L) libertarian using force against a person against their will for any reason other than self defense is morally and ethically wrong. There are some limited cases where I'll make an exception (young children being the main one). Where adults are concerned this is pretty much an absolute.
The Constitution explicitly protects a right to life. It does not mandate that you have to exercise that right, nor does it mandate that you be stopped from deciding it's time to stop exercising. This is consistent with my personal moral value that your life is yours to do with as you please so long as you are harming no one else.
I don't think people should commit suicide, but that doesn't mean "there oughta be a law!" I also feel that if there is a law then those enforcing it, while maybe not as morally and ethically bankrupt as Nazis killing Jews, are certainly in the same class as the TSA and the police manning the DUI/insurance checkpoint. That is to say, I like a few, but I wouldn't want one marrying my sister.
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