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Saturday, July 01, 2006

 

The Right to Privacy: Liberalism's Double-Edged Sword (Part 1)

- Eric Reikowski

The United States Constitution enumerates several liberties having to do with the subject of privacy. The First Amendment grants us the right to free speech, free exercise of religion, and free assembly. The Third Amendment assures that our homes may not be arbitrarily used for the quartering of troops. The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures. The Fifth Amendment protects us against self-incrimination and guarantees that our property may not be taken for public use without just compensation. These are all reasonable safeguards designed to curb the abuse of government power.

It is important to note that the word "privacy" is nowhere mentioned in any of the nation's founding documents. Yet, many people--particularly of the liberal persuasion--have latched on to this nebulous concept, systematically employing it to advance policy positions that find no support whatsoever within the actual text of the Constitution. In modern times, the "right to privacy" has become liberalism's weapon of choice for denigrating and destroying America's traditional moral fabric...............
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