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Is Privacy A Right Or A Privilege?

Privacy can be big deal, once it’s gone. Some people go to the bathroom and leave the door open, no worries. Others are horrified just by reading that. Some things are just done in privacy. If people who differ on that opinion marry, they will never see eye-to-eye on the subject. Even the most open person doesn’t like the idea of the government prying into our private affairs, reading our mail, or searching our stuff. It goes against our basic beliefs in freedom.

Edward Snowden elevated the privacy debate to the realm of public conversation, but in reality our privacy has been slipping away for years. We are in need of a complete overhaul in privacy legislation thanks to all those cool inventions of the last fifty years.

Is privacy a right or just a privilege? I guarantee you, once it’s gone it won’t be coming back, not without a fight. The time to fight for it, is now.

This article found at Townhall.com

Many people feel they have a right to privacy, but do they? Does the Constitution protect the notion of privacy? Well yes and no. The general right to privacy is derived loosely from three places in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment known as The Liberty Clause. None of them are enough to protect privacy in the modern age.

The 1st Amendment protects privacy of beliefs among other things like speech, press, religion, the ability to meet peaceably, and petition the government. The 3rd Amendment protects your home from being taken over by the government. The 4th Amendment protects your stuff. Basically, it states you have the right to be secure in your person, your house, your papers, and effects from unreasonable search and seizure. It declares things like, probable cause and warrants, must be issued to break your “right” in a particular instance and in a certain location. This is a big one. And lastly, the 14thAmendment says that no person may be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process.  continue reading…

It’s time to take privacy seriously. I know it’s a boring issue, but it’s a vital part of our freedom. Our forefathers knew what it was like to lose their privacy. They were passionate enough about it to fight a war.


S.C. Sherman

Senior Editor

Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, and others. His most recent novel, a political thriller titled Mercy Shot, and all titles by Steve can be found on Amazon or at www.scsherman.com.

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