Tuesday, August 04, 2009

White House Blog Seeking Snitches

The Obama administration is starting to look more like Castro's Cuba by the day. Here they claim they're not concerned about protests against ObamaCare, but still, just in case, feel free to snitch on your neighbors.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.
So if you find someone who disagrees with Dear Leader, rat them out.


Thanks to Rush for the hat tip on this.

Since this is soon likely to go down the memory hole, here it is.

Update: Thanks to Instapundit for the link, as well as Babalu Blog, where Val succinctly summarizes it:
It’s called “communism,” folks.

Oddly, considering the initial White House link here which was plastered all over Drudge today, read by Rush Limbaugh, and noted by Michelle Malkin and Redstate, among others, Eugene Volokh seems to believe I'm about to be carted off by the Stormtroopers.
Now of course if you think that the Administration would prosecute your friend for e-mailing you supposed "disinformation about health insurance reform," then indeed you shouldn't help the Administration do it. But, seriously, is that really likely? JammieWearingFool and the Administration's other critics seem not to worry that their criticisms of the Administration will get them thrown in prison, or even will lead to any harassment from the FBI or the like. (To be sure, some criticisms, for instance ones that contain threats against the President, might yield that, but I assume that this isn't what the information reported to flag@whitehouse.gov is likely to contain.) I take it that they think, as do I, that blog posts or e-mails to friends about health insurance reform are pretty safe from legal punishment and governmental harassment. And that makes it pretty likely that alerting people on your political side of the aisle in the Administration will simply lead to public rebuttal. It's hardly "look[ing] more like Castro's Cuba" for that to happen, nor is it "snitch[ing]" or "rat[ing people] out" when someone facilitates it.
If that's the case, then how does my opinion make it likely I'll be imprisoned?

Thanks also to Allahpundit and Tom Maguire for the links.

Thanks also to reader Tom for the improved screenshot.

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