Listen, I stand second to none in my crazy religion-and-gun-clinging, talk radio-listening, and according to Paul Krugman, probably racist, fear of federal government intrusion into everyday life. But really? The ACLU is losing it over the administration's decision to use tracking cookies on federal websites. Are they aware that EVERY FRIGGIN' SITE IN THE WORLD EXCEPT THOSE OPERATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES THIS? My info may not be secure with the feds, but that's really a moot point, since everyone from the Drudge Report to Yahoo mail is already selling my Internet browsing habits to Nigerian bankers and discount Viagra suppliers. Perhaps one of the IT guys that maintains the ACLU's website should take them aside and calmly let them know that they can simply adjust their browser security settings to foil this vicious federal plot.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.