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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mandatory drug testing - II


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Yesterday's post generated some commentary, which I like. It also made me think about the issue of mandatory drug testing a bit more.

I came up with the following ideas.

Do you think you, as a taxpayer, have the right to know how your money is being spent?

"YES!" you say.

Then, mandatory drug testing for people who receive taxpayer dollars as well benefit from taxpayer-supplied services gives you that information.

There will now be objections. Some people will object on the basis of privacy. They will say it's none of our business how they spend the money they get from the government.

That is not a concept upheld entirely in the court system nor is it a concept found in the Constitution. As much as I hate to admit it, the Constitution does not provide an absolute right to privacy. Robert Bork, who was kicked to the curb during his nomination to the Supreme Court, unfortunately had it right.

 It is Public Assistance. Public. Not private. Public means the right and expectation of privacy is not there.

Public.

If you object to your business being made public, then you can eschew public assistance.

Another item that came up, thanks mostly to the rational and polite discourse twixt Tom and Doc is one that is very central to me.

Freedom and Security.

I bring to you a comment from a Founding Father: Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. ~ Benjamin Franklin

The flip side of liberty, to me, is privacy. I firmly believe you cannot have one without the other. If you can figure out a way to make one happen without the other, please tell me. In detail.
Your guarantee of privacy too.

Public assistance of ANY kind is security. Those roads we travel daily? Public assistance. For using these road, we trade away our right to drive however we wish. Want to drive however you want? Build your own road.

Those who directly take tax dollars to support themselves have come close to the maximum trade of security for liberty. They put their freedoms as sacrifice on the altar of security.

Again, there is a simple solution to this: Eschew public assistance.

The less you use, which is taxpayer supplied, the more liberty, freedom and privacy you will have.

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