Although I do not in any way consider myself a “conservative” and would consider it an insult if anyone said I was one, I find that many conservatives are in bed with anarchist-libertarian thinking on the issue of the upcoming census. (You should be receiving your census form any day now.)
Bottom line: over time, the census questions have gone way beyond the original purpose of the Constitution’s framers when they mandated a decennial census. The government’s interest in all sorts of personal information is not just annoyingly voyeuristic but a threat to freedom, because privacy is essential to freedom.
I’m pleased that this time around, there seems to be much more vocal opposition to the census than in 2000. A Minnesota Republican Congresswoman has stated she will only answer the question about the number of people living in the home. Glenn Beck has made the same statement. Read about that here.
This year, there are only 10 questions on what has been called the “short” form. Here are the questions. Pay close attention to question 9: it asks if you are “Black, African American, or Negro.” How 17th century is that?! (OK Nick, there’s your cue…. 😉 )
Also, notice the statement asserting that the “race” question has been asked since 1790? Typical government deceit! Does anyone really believe that in 1790 the census asked about Filipinos, Vietnamese, etc? The only “race” question was about “negro” because they counted as 3/5 of a person for deternining a state’s electoral votes. If you were not a “negro”, they didn’t care what you were.
Most of the census questions not about the number of persons in the home are asked for one reason: to further the social engineering that gooberment has embarked on. Yes, we must assist in bringing about the perfect society, and with it, the perfect Socialist Comrade! (Please sing Kumbaya now….)
Also, notice that if there is more than one person in the home, it asks certain information only about “Person 1.” And who would that be? Sounds very sexist to me because I suspect in most married homes “Person 1” will be the husband.
Like many of those opposed to any census question other then the number of folks in the home, I object to the invasion of privacy. Now, our Big Brother gooberment will, with its best straight face, tell you that all information you provide will be kept confidential because that is the law. Riiiight!
Remind these lap dogs that IRS information is also confidential by law. But that didn’t stop “Tricky Dick” Nixon from pulling the IRS files on any and all “enemies” he wanted to snoop on, did it? So why should anyone believe census information can be kept confidential?
It has not been kept confidential in the past. Census information was used to identify Japanese-Americans for internment during World War II and to identify Arabic people after September 11. Check this out.
What’s really insane is that the census doesn’t care whether you’re a legal resident or not. Which means if a lot of illegal residents complete the census then states with a lot of those folks, such as California, Texas and yes, Florida, may be “rewarded” with additional seats in Congress since the census count is used for reapportioning Congressional seats by state.
Besides the “short” form, there is a 100+ questionnaire that some folks be asked to complete about all sorts of information. That’s “you” and not me, because if I receive it, I will not complete it.
Last year, the Census conducted a survey on spending habits. Fortunately for them, I was not selected to participate. It is none of the government’s frigging business how I spend my money.
Technically, there’s a $100 fine for refusing to complete the census form. I doubt they’ll levy the fine but I sure hope they do with me. Because that’ll be my 15 minutes of fame. Maybe it’ll get me an interview with Glenn Beck. Which could launch my political career since I’ll soon be looking for something to do in my retirement.
I value my freedom and privacy…$100 is a bargain basement price to pay for them.
If the Census folks come knocking on my door, I’ll give them the middle finger salute. It’s constitutionally protected free speech!