#12. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
This has been bothering me for a while now and although I read almost everything I can find on the health care bill, I have not seen this mentioned.
The architects of the health care bill have implemented several traps for conservatives and anyone who would oppose them politically.
I think everyone remembers what happened to Joe the Plumber after he sinned against humanity by daring to ask a question. The left sprang into action and multiple people, many of them in the MN state government immediately began doing opposition research on poor Joe.
Within a day or two, we found out all sorts of information on Joe. Turns out that he was “not really a plumber!” and that he may have had some tax issues. Clearly these were things we needed to know in order to properly form an opinion about the idea of wealth redistribution.
Although it is encouraging to note that some people did lose their job over the disclosure of information obtained from government data systems, this happened only after intense scrutiny and let us not forget that at the time, the Republicans were still in power and there was at least the possibiligy of Federal attention so the peons were offered up in sacrifice. Surely this was an isolated incident. Surely nobody with access to government systems would every do that.
What we saw was just a taste of what lies ahead.
Soon, all of your medical information will be in a Federal computer network. All of it.
Have you ever been depressed? Have you taken anti depressants? Have you ever had an STD? Did you disclose your partners so they could be “informed”? Have you ever seen a therapist? What did you talk about?
Just imagine, across the spectrum of political candidates, just what kind of information will lie dormant in the medical record system. Know anyone with anger issues? How about compulsive behaviors or addictions? (a candidate with an addiction? shocking!).
What about someone that had an abortion and keeps it confidential and later decided to join the ranks of the pro-life activists?
Just imagine what kind of havoc could be made with the occasional disclosure of this information. You might be thinking that if this happens, there will be consequences. Sometimes, yes. Underlings will be found out in an audit. Just as even now, the Fed is prosecuting people who snooped passport information.
Yet – some information can be second sourced. If you find that someone has an addiction, you can always talk to the dealer at their favorite casino. You can always have an ex-lover or associate come forward to talk about the those “crazy days in college when we were experimenting…”.
The real benefit will not be the destruction of the odd Senate or Gubernatorial candidate, it will be in the power to chill many people from even considering running for office.
This is too much information on too many people to allow the government to consolidate it. This is an enormous power grab that will not be fully understood until it is far too late.