David Harsanyi

For nearly a decade, Republicans have compromised and surrendered liberty in the name of more safety -- sometimes equating their policies with patriotism. And I simply can't believe that we would be witnessing anywhere near the levels of conservative outrage regarding the TSA's new security measures were we sitting in, say, 2005.

Even now, left and right can find common ground. For instance, Marc Thiessen, a conservative Washington Post columnist, sounds the call for gratitude, asking us to "stop and say 'thanks' to the men and women of the TSA who give up time with their families during the holidays to keep us safe from terror."

When a person chooses a career predicated on meddling in the lives and baggage of citizens, he doesn't deserve thanks any more or less than the Internal Revenue Service agent deserves your appreciation. The assertion that TSA agents keep us safe is also debatable.

But a new Zogby International poll found that 61 percent of likely voters oppose the enhanced security measures passengers are dealing with at airports across the country, which seems to signify a shift in public opinion away from "Thank you!"

And though I suspect we'll be back to airport lock-stepping at the first sign of danger, it would be nice if this renewed adherence to personal autonomy would gain some traction and consistency no matter who happens to be president.

David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.