On Conservatives’ Wish List and Liberals’ Kill List: Privacy

Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat of Georgia, came out the other day in support of a constitutional amendment to prevent corporations from donating to political campaigns. Of course, inasmuch as corporations are not sentient entities and therefore can neither donate money nor even think about doing so, corporations do not donate to political campaigns. The people who work for the corporations do, however, and in reality it is the rights of these people that Johnson wants to limit:

“[Y]ou are being taught to hate your government–don’t want government, but ‘keep your hands off of my Medicare,’ by the way. I mean, we are all confused people and we’re poking fingers at each other saying, ‘Well, you’re black, you’re Hispanic, immigration, homosexuals.’ You know, we’re lost on the social issues, abortion, contraception….And these folks are setting up a scenario where they’re privatizing every aspect of our lives as we know it. So, wake up! Wake up! Let’s look at what’s happening. We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations.”

So that’s the context of what he said. More noteworthy, I believe, than his call for a constitutional amendment is his line, “And these folks are setting up a scenario where they’re privatizing every aspect of our lives as we know it.” In case it is not clear, he’s saying privatization is a bad thing.

When a conservative speaks of the concept of “privacy” and all of that word’s derivatives, he does so in a positive light, viewing it as a necessary trait of American society. Conservatives want privacy for themselves and for all. The smaller the government, the more freedoms are enjoyed by the citizens, including the freedom to privacy. Privatization is just the implementation of privacy.

When a liberal speaks of the concept of privacy, as we can see by the words of this Johnson fellow, he does so disparagingly. This is because the more privacy the people have, the more freedoms they have, and the less control the government has over them. The only time liberals seem to worry about privacy is when it comes to sodomy in the bedroom. And that’s fine; they can do whatever they want in the bedroom. But it is a farce that they want their bedrooms to be private. “Keep your nose out of our bedrooms,” they say, while simultaneously bringing their bedrooms into the public square to demonstrate to all what they do on a nightly basis in their bedrooms. But I digress.

“And these folks are setting up a scenario where they’re privatizing every aspect of our lives as we know it,” says Johnson, as if there’s nothing more dangerous and dire a circumstance than people wanting privacy.

“Hurry,” he seems to say, “we must stop this corrosive concept, this, this ‘privacy’ they keep asking for! These conservatives are getting out of line!”

If only real issues, like the bankrupting of America, drove Democrats to such passionate cries to heed their warnings, we might still be a strong country.