A Sense of Privacy


Once upon a time there was a strong sense of privacy. Here. Times have changed.

In an age of terror, many Americans were willing to give up their right to privacy, in order to maintain a sense of order. To avoid having the next skyscraper run into by an airplane.

In an age when a generation of young girls were forwarding pictures of nudity, their own, to others, what communally would happen to a strong sense of privacy? In a democratic society, when I was subject to the lowest common denominator, if the low levels were enough to become a majority sometime in the future?

The same issues arise when it comes when health records were on-line. When telephone companies released information as to who I was talking to. The same issue is there when it was the records of foreigners talking overseas. In the age of terror, when issues were politicized, the issue of human rights, of protected rights should not apply based upon place of birth. The first ten amendments to the constitution, the Bill of Rights, were all about human rights. Not the rights granted to a privileged few determined by latitude and longitude.

Boundaries. What boundaries? Was there still the right to privacy and the sense of privacy? The constitutionally protected rights to privacy, and the legal opinions about rights would be changing based upon the thinking of the era that the attorneys grew up in?

I am in disagreement over a couple issues. Over what exactly constitutes human rights. Human rights have no capital cost. Free speech. Freedom to assemble. Freedom of religion was a subset of freedom of assembly. Health care was not a basic human right. Nor was “reproductive rights.” That California woman who had multiple births, was it 8 or 9 kids, with the help of fertility drugs. Issues of birth control as practices with birth control devices that had a monetary cost, was not a basic human right. Things that cost money were not a human right. It was only advocates clouding the issue of fundamental human rights.

It is interesting to go back to the presidential debates and recall Mr. Obama’s response when he was asked whether health care was a basic human right. He felt it was. That must be the foundation for his intent to pursue a national health care policy. CONTD.

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