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November 17, 2005

Dan Savage (editor of The Stranger, my employer), has a very good op-ed piece in yesterday's New York Times.

His basic point—with the "right to privacy" being such an important legal issue, and the underpinning of so many other controversial court decisions, liberals should propose an amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing the right to privacy.

If they can propose amendments outlawing marriage between loving couples, he argues, then we can propose one outlawing government interference in people's private lives.

...if the right to privacy is so difficult for some people to locate in the Constitution, why don't we just stick it in there? Wouldn't that make it easier to find?

If the Republicans can propose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, why can't the Democrats propose a right to privacy amendment? Making this implicit right explicit would forever end the debate about whether there is a right to privacy. And the debate over the bill would force Republicans who opposed it to explain why they don't think Americans deserve a right to privacy - which would alienate not only moderates, but also those libertarian, small-government conservatives who survive only in isolated pockets on the Eastern Seaboard and the American West.


So, come on, Democrats, go on the offensive - start working on a bill. Not only would enshrining the right to privacy in the Constitution secure a right that most Americans rightly believe they are already entitled to..

NY Times

I think it's a great idea. Let's see the Republicans mount a public campaign against privacy.


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