This scares me. Really. The government is trying to collect information on dissenters for... what, exactly? It doesn't say. But nothing good can come of it. Along with several other Objectivists, including Diana Hsieh at NoodleFood, I've sent in this protest letter to the White House:
Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things."
Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions.
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 email@example.com.
Dear Propaganda Czar,I encourage anybody who values their free speech to send in similar letters and make it known that freedom of speech is a right, not a privilege given to us by his highness Obama.
I am turning my self in. I have openly opposed Obama's healthcare mandates both online and in casual conversation. I believe his actions are leading us closer to socialized medicine in America, which will neither improve healthcare, make it cheaper, or make it more readily available. Aside from the impracticality of it, the healthcare measures are immoral. The government has no right to undermine the individual rights of doctors to trade their services to whom they choose.
Moreover, I find it monstrous that White House is asking for reports on those who oppose the Obama administration. The right to free speech includes the right to openly oppose the government. But it seems as if that right is also going by the wayside under President Obama.
Sincerely NOT yours,