Dude, Where'd My Privacy Go

He is That Guy

Drug testing.

It’s what many retail companies use to do before hiring a new employee; certain large employers still randomly do; and now what the state legislature will soon be prescribing for Floridians that receive state dollars from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

And while this blatant invasion of privacy is being brought to you care of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF,) there is an enterprising group of new politico’s (aka Republican Tea Party Republican activists,) devoted to ensuring the current party in power slowly takes away our civil rights away by re-electing these same legislators.

Yes, this is just what it sounds like: a unified political organization that touts the right to exercising their freedom of speech, carrying their arms wherever they so choose, and even waving the battle flag of state’s rights, all the while trampling on two universal basic rights: ensuring the protection of privacy and protection of self-incrimination. Even in our country’s 220 year old Bill of Rights, these same people turn a blind eye to the 9th Amendment which protects our privacy in ways not specifically provided in the prior eight amendments.

This disgusting act of arrogant defiance to our nation’s Constitution ranks up there with Justice Bork’s interpretation of privacy. But remember, these are people who want to elect such state legislators that are considered professionals and know what our nation’s most important document state.

So what exactly will stem from the result of mandatory drug testing TANF recipients?

For starters, ask Rep. Matt Hudson if this will set precedent and legislatively erode our rights to privacy. Then speak with Rep. Jeanette Nuñez and see if the state will now blatantly treat low income people differently than other socio-economic demographics of our state’s population who receive public assistance. And let’s see if Kathleen Passidomo agrees that the most obvious point of contention of this bill is that Governor Scott shall benefit from the taxing of low income families, since they will most likely frequent one of 32 Solantic clinics for mandatory drug testing; a chain of urgent care clinics in which Governor Scott’s family holds $62million worth of stock.

The time for an honest conversation between educated adults is needed right now.

These legislators in Tallahassee are taking aim at the largest tenant within the Bill of Rights. The right to privacy is a universal right which was amended into our Constitution at a minimum of five times - this excluding the penumbra doctrine, as established by Justice William O. Douglas in Griswold v. Connecticut.

As a state, we must now ask our legislators if they assume that there even exists a general right of privacy? And what sort of conduct to you think lies at its very center? The above questions may be easy to answer, but the challenge comes when these same elected officials must answer what sort of conduct lies at the periphery of privacy? What sort of conduct should be considered outside of the protection of a reasonably interpreted right of privacy? These are the questions that must be answered when state chooses to mandate drug testing on its poor and underemployed.

Our indited Governor does have one other option at his disposal. Instead of choosing to tax the least of our brothers, Rick Scott can opt to start creating those 700,000 private-sector jobs he promised the residents of Florida during his campaign.

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