What set of circumstances could ally conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and the ACLU?
Well, I'll tell ya.
Apparently Rush has been seeking to block the courts from seizing his medical records in their attempt to establish a pattern of drug-seeking behavior stemming from Limbaugh's addiction to prescription drugs. And the ACLU agrees, claiming that the medical records should stay private. But the courts don't share that view and are denying Limbaugh's further appeals on the matter.
I find this fascinating. Especially since the more conservative elements of American society tend not to value privacy. (Remember that the Patriot Act lets the FBI see what books we check out of public libraries.) Interesting too that Limbaugh's struggle for medical privacy gives him a glimpse into a battle that HIV-positive patients have been waging for years. Now before the villagers light their torches and start marching up to Castle Frankenstein... I am NOT saying that drug-seeking behavior and AIDS are the same thing. What I am saying is that privacy is a precious yet rapidly eroding commodity and that we need coherent legislation to protect it--across the board and regardless of party affiliation.