The Twelfth Day of Advent: The Right to Privacy

The Right to Privacy is, in my mind, a summation of many of the other rights already listed.  The Supreme Court announced this right in language that makes it sound more like an outfall, an attenuated result.

I’ve always seen it the other way around.  There are all these other rights, that really are talking around the Big One.  As long as you aren’t causing any trouble or hurting anyone else, you are free to go through you life, generally free of interference, questioning and restriction by the Government.  I don’t see how you have any of these other Rights if you don’t have Privacy from the Government.

This right was first announced in a case called Griswold v. Connecticut, which has nothing to do with the Vacation movies, Chevy Chase or Beverly DiAngelo.  In the early days of oral contraceptives, the State of Connecticut had passed legislation prohibiting pharmacists from filling prescriptions from married women for birth control.  Supreme Court said MYOB!  Govmint.  In one of the perhaps most hilarious Supreme Court analogies of all time, the Right to Privacy was derived as follows.  The Bill of Rights is a bundle of sticks.  Unroll the bundle.  Build a teepee from the sticks.  (This is America after all, we have teepees here.  No teepees in Europe.)  Make sure your teepee is in the sun.  Look at the shadow cast by your teepee.  On the edge of the shadow is the Right to Privacy.

Or maybe before you put up your teepee, clear the ground, throw down a tarp.  But then who am I?  I’m just sayin’ . . . .

About missbodie

The Dragon Lady is a life long tea drinker. Her first coffee shops were Big Boy and the Oriental Diner in downtown Milwaukee. She lives in our Nation's Capital with three bicycles and an energetic tabby cat.
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