The naysayers have been chiding me for weeks with the claim that there is no scandal in Washington, but every day another tidbit slithers out from under the capitol dome. This week it’s the revelation that Big Brudda is storing our every move, courtesy of our friendly communications providers. Of course it’s all in the name of national security, and prominent Senators like Graham and Feinstein point out that no one is watching you, we’re just holding your records in case you talk to the wrong people. Only then would it be necessary to follow your tracks to the terrorist cell, which could be your Uncle Murray who wore a “Live Free or Die” t-shirt to the airport last week. And they’re right in one sense; we do live in dangerous times and there are people out there who want to kill us. It’s just unlikely that Uncle Murray is one of them.
But we live in a nation of 300 million people and everyone over the age of three has a computer and/or a cell phone. Obama has done his best to hire enough civil servants to track that kind of volume, but some slip through the cracks. Case in point: Boston. Despite all the warning bells, two suicidal wannabes managed to pull off the marathon massacre. The only solution is to hire more cubicle spies to keep tabs on us, and each other.
So you add this new scandal to the IRS and the Justice Dept. targeting reporters and you start to see how our protectors are slowly but surely eroding our rights and our privacy. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s run by Democrats or Republicans, they come and go. It’s the entrenched bureaucracy that runs the government. Most just follow orders and do whatever it takes to keep their jobs, but there are a few who actually believe the Constitution means something. At great risk to their careers they stand on the side of the Pennsylvania Avenue puffing on whistles and hoping that someone will notice.
There are a lot of folks who will shrug it off and rationalize that “their guy” is still better than the alternative. I see many younger people who don’t see a problem with the creeping encroachment. Hey, the government is giving me free healthcare and capitalism is rotten. The answer to bad government is…more government?
Republicans are salivating at their prospects for retaking the Senate next year, and maybe adding to their majority in the House. Right. It’s just a rigged game of musical chairs, and their agenda is at least as offensive as those they seek to replace.
So I’ll just keep voting for third party candidates, even though none of them really has anything better to offer. The point is to make a statement, to let the Republicrats know that I am mad as hell and I’m not going to vote for it anymore. I may be a voice in the wilderness, but at least I know someone is listening and recording my every move.