Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Where's the ACLU when you need it?

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to"

That's from the official White House web site, asking people to rat out their friends and relatives and neighbors who might be saying anything "fishy" about the administration's health care proposals.

It sounds more appropriately like something from Stalin's Kremlin than Obama's White House. It's not the job of the White House communications office to ask Americans to report to the executive anyone spreading "fishy" stories. Fishy or not, we have first amendment free speech, and it's improper for the White House to keep track of who says what.

Where are all the self appointed protectors of our civil liberties from intrusive government?

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