Mark Steyn wants to know why the White House should restrict itself to just one way to rat out your neighbor for improper casual conversations. He also has a few suggestions for other ways to communicate with our Dear Leader.
Reporting dissent is the highest form of patriotism! Is your neighbor suspiciously “well-dressed”? Is he mouthing off about cancer-survival rates under socialized-medical systems while wearing a cravat? Give us his name, and we’ll give you his spats! Just go to firstname.lastname@example.org, not to be confused with email@example.com, which is the e-mail address for reporting President Obama’s latest approval rating. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like Speaker Pelosi to walk across your back as a whip-wielding SS dominatrix barking “Vee haff vays of making you tokk less casually, dummkopf!” Go to email@example.com if you need parts for your new government car, or your new government hip replacement. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a special preview of President Obama’s latest bare-chested pictorial for Vanity Fair. Go to email@example.com if you’d like to report your neighbor’s cow for excessive CO2 emissions.
Better yet, just send everything on everyone to the White House. Unsure about that old hippie artist across the street? The one who said, “Yeah, I voted for Obama ‘cause I thought it’d be cool to have an African-American president. But, since the economic downturn, the bottom’s really dropped out of my hemp-tapestry market.” He seems to be starting to entertain impure thoughts about the Dear Leader’s plans for us, doesn’t he?
On the other hand, Linda Douglass has dug in on the matter. To her, a few clips which she claims were edited out of context (and isn’t that always the excuse?) merits a Eastern Bloc-style “Rat Out Your Neighbors and Family” program the likes of which we haven’t seen since perhaps the Alien and Sedition Act. Except back then it was only actual treason the government worried about. Nowadays, the threshold for what constitutes ending up on a government list is much lower.