You're being watched. Almost everywhere you go. Video cameras proliferate like sex-crazed rabbits. Satellites can probably count the hairs on your head. Those obscene, ubiquitous cellphone cameras are catching you from every angle, whether you know the owner or not — whether you want to be shot or not.
You're being tracked. Not just through the Internet, despite the claims that one can surf without leaving a trail. Your cellphone probably allows people to set your position to within an inch or two. And every time you use a credit card, a little bit of you is shaved off and sent via transporter to a central receptacle where it's processed, coded, and safely stored — for eternity.
You could open your door one day to a passel of men in dark suits who flash identification and take you to an undisclosed location where you have no rights. A phone call? Don't make them laugh. Think it can't happen? Why? What makes you so special?
You've lost your privacy. Do you care?
There's this episode of West Wing, that bastion of liberal socialistic anti-Americanism, where a potential Supreme Court nominee is asked if he believes the constitution contains a Right to Privacy.
(Editor's Note: If you take the a and c out, it spells privy, where real men have for generations guarded their privacy. After over twenty years of marriage, my bride still asks with a tone of disbelief, confusion, and irritation why men spend so much time in the privy. And, after all these years, I still can't explain it.)
But I digress. The nominee says that there is no explicit right to privacy in either the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Oops. Wrong answer for some liberal, left wing, socialist program. He's toast.
Now the First & Fourth amendments do suggest some measure of personal privacy. (For those of you who don't have your Constitution handy, here's the Fourth:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Not bad, but it'd be nice to see an explicit statement such as, "The government will keep it's hands, eyes, and tongues out of my business unless I'm doing something really bad, and if there's a question about how bad I'm being, the default option is keep out."