I know we have all probably heard about all we can handle of the Terri Shiavo case. But I would like to make one final comment on the matter before I move on to other issues. I mentioned this in my post yesterday and I want to kind of expand on the idea today a little bit.
I read quite a few articles and blog posts by people adamant against the national ID card stuff. I mean, some of these people were downright mean about the issue. Now, I think that the national ID card is a bad idea. So don’t think I am advocating this. But Constitutionalists, Republicans, Democrats, and random people with no real political party stance all said a lot of the same things: national ID card = bad idea.
Their reasons for saying that a national ID card was a bad idea varied, but there was one underlying theme. We will use the words of Ron Paul to summarize what most of the people speaking against the national ID card were saying:
[A national ID card] will further degrade our precious privacy, which is the hallmark of a civilized society. As Ayn Rand said, the “Savage’s whole existence is public.” A national ID card will have the same effect as gun control laws: criminals will ignore it, while law abiding people lose freedom. A national ID card offers us nothing more than a false sense of security…
I think that this sums things up pretty well.
This is precisely where things get muddy, though. These same people who are against the national ID card because it takes away our privacy and removes freedom from us, giving the government more control of our lives, got pissed because Jeb Bush and President Bush “didn’t do enough” to try to save Mrs. Shiavo’s life. Now, I am no expert, but isn’t the life and death of an individual person a personal matter? Here is what one person, who I think is against the government prying its way into all of our private lives, had to say on the matter:
There is no reason to believe Governor Bush or President Bush when they say that they tried to help Terri Schiavo. In fact…they are accomplices to murder. And – make no mistake – this is murder. Murder most foul! Murder carried out in broad daylight by a judge, a police force, the Governor of Florida, and the President of the United States. That’s right. George Bush…has murdered Terri Schiavo.
So here is my question: if the national ID card is a violation of our personal privacy and freedoms, how is it not a violation of Terri’s personal privacy and freedoms for the government to step in and force her to live or die? I just don’t get it.
Where do the conservatives stand? Do they want a government that makes our personal decisions for us and watches our every move and steals away our privacy or not? I just can’t tell.