Need to Find a Democrat? New Obama Campaign App Reveals Your Liberal Neighbors
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 06, Aug 2012
The app, released last week, includes a Google map for canvassers that recognizes your current location and marks nearby Democratic households with small blue flags.
For each targeted address, the app displays the first name, age and gender of the voter or voters who live there: “Lori C., 58 F, Democrat.”
All this is public information, which campaigns have long given to volunteers. But you no longer have to schedule a visit to a field office and wait for a staffer to hand you a clipboard and a printed-out list of addresses.”
It’s worth mentioning that this app points out who your Democratic neighbors are, but do Democrats need to find other Democrats that will already be voting in their direction, or do Democrats need to find the Independent and Republican households that aren’t already Democratic? A simple deductive reasoning analysis performed by the most idiotic of idiots will easily show you which houses do not lean left.
The New York Times made the unsettling suggestion that “It’s been the science-fiction dream of political operatives for years: an army of volunteers, connected to the Internet as they walk from door to door, looking up names on a device and entering their responses electronically.”
…Because, ya know, it’s in America’s best interest to have an all-knowing app that allows anyone with a smartphone to streamline their harassment activities? I can almost hear the celebratory cheers of overly liberal ‘activists’ and their financially gifted Occupy friends (that somehow manage to have iPhones and food, yet don’t work for income.)
“I do think it’s something useful for them, but it’s also creepy,” said Lori Carena, a Brooklyn resident, when shown the app. “My neighbors across the street can know that I’m a Democrat. I’m not sure I like that.”
That’s because Lori, along with the rest of rational Americans, enjoys privacy.
When questioned about the disturbing exploitation of information, the Obama campaign said that, “anyone familiar with the political process in America knows this information about registered voters is available and easily accessible to the public.”
The information in the app “traditionally has been available to anyone who walks into a campaign field office,” an unnamed spokesperson said.
[Completely unrelated – the spokesperson liked privacy enough to not mention his/her name.]
How do I say this kindly? …MOST PEOPLE DON’T GO TO CAMPAIGN OFFICES TO COLLECT POLITICAL PARTY REGISTRATION INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORS BECAUSE THAT’S WEIRD.
The campaign is strongly committed to ensuring the safety and privacy of the public and follows up with appropriate action, including alerting appropriate authorities if necessary, in any case of abuse or inappropriate behavior,” said the spokesperson. “Any voter who requests not to be contacted again is immediately removed from any provided to volunteers.”
Send out info on neighbors first, and if the voter doesn’t want their political leanings broadcast through the Obama world, then they can go figure out how to get in touch with someone to remove that information – that’s awfully polite of them. [See: sarcasm.] Can you imagine some 80-year-old lady, having just expelled from her doorstep an over-exuberant Obama supporter, trying to figure out how to remove her name from an iPhone app database?
The Obama campaign has not only already vilified Republican donors through their Truth Team’s ‘enemies list,’ but they are now providing mobile access to the political leanings of Americans, making it easier for overzealous liberal activists to go out and harass their Republican neighbors.
Whether it is the implementation of drones, limiting the ability to purchase 16-ounce or larger sodas, or an app that outs Americans’ political affiliations, it is clear that the Obama campaign and Democrats alike don’t revere privacy like conservatives do.
I personally don’t want these fellas having my address and political leanings tied together in a smartphone app…