As If Alito Wasn’t Bad Enough, Now Bush Wants to Tell Your Personal Business to the Pizzaria
According to the ACLU’s latest exercise in creating mass hysteria based on nothing but some ad exec’s active imagination, “[t]he Bush Administration’s policies, coupled with invasive new technologies, could eliminate your right to privacy completely.” The imaginary citizen in the imaginary phone call on the ACLU’s web site reveals that:
- The pizza lady knows his name,
- his national ID number,
- his home address,
- his cell phone and home phone numbers,
- his employer and work address
- his medical status (which allows her to surcharge him for ordering high cholestserol pizza, under agreement with his national health care provider)
- the crime rate in his neighborhood
- his recent vacation reservations
- his clothing sizes
- his weight and waist size
- his wife’s name and her magazine subscriptions
- the balance on his credit cards
The implication, unfounded, is that such intrusion will arise from “the Bush Administration’s policies”. Of course, the only shred of quasi-fact in the piece is the part about national health care, which is a goal of many Democrats and was last proposed in earnest by Hillary Rodham Clinton immediately after her husband was elected President.
When I heard this, I thought it was a spoof. Alas, it’s true. I guess the ACLU couldn’t dredge up anything real with which to instill deathly fear and an intense hatred of George W. Bush in all Americans. So they made something up. And this is why I don’t give money to the ACLU. It’s been years, probably generations, since they were rational.