Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Don't look at my private…

I just heard that a paper in Tennessee has made a decision to post a searchable database listing everyone in the Volunteer State who has a license to carry a concealed weapon.

The paper has made the case that this information comes form a publicly available list from the Department of Safety which includes names, addresses, and phone numbers.

Wow! Really? So I think to myself, why is this information even public?

Go back to the online searchable listing of donors who supported Proposition 8 in California. The LGBT groups used the publicly available donor list to create an online searchable database, overlaid with Google mapping software, to expose the donors and their exact locations (their homes and businesses). What was the purpose of this I ask? For harassment of course.

This act of harassment didn’t even make the MSM. Imagine for a moment if I take that same list, and publish an exact replica, only providing the information of the folks that opposed it. I certainly would have been exposed by the MSM as a bigot, hatemonger, etc…

I am all for donors having to provide personal information to the government, but not for the government making their personal information public. If I donate, I make a choice to do so, to whatever cause I personally feel called to do so. It is a personal decision.

Not only are opposition groups using this list to intimidate and harass; they are having a psychological affect on the would-be donors. People enjoy their privacy. People are entitled to support any cause they’d like. This is, or at least was, the country of the free.

Here’s a poem I recently saw that reminded me of socialism's power:

"When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out."


Folks, we don’t have to put up with this, please vote conservative in 2010.

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