We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Never, ever try to tell me that big government is benign. The road to hell is paved with the best of intentions; power corrupts; etc etc. Everybody knows this even if they hope government could be a benevolent parent to them. Our Dr. Bliss considers that notion to be a naive, infantile fantasy.
George Washington said that. He was a big-enough man to reject power and a truly reluctant public servant. Most of our so-called "leaders" are arrogant and ignorant. "Don't follow leaders, watch your parkin' meters..."
I was taught that even Karl Marx planned for the eventual dissolution of The State.
We can maybe turn the problem of big government around with more congressmen like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. I don't think though that there is anything we can do to prevent the economic collapse the government has already set into motion.
I think the larger problem is that more of us aren't being targeted, specifically. Which means, my surmise, that we aren't seen as threating to the established order. That's a shame. Means I'm not doing enough, by my odd and occasional comment at MF to be listed, though I may be, especially recently.
My point, though drunkenly dulled, is that we should overwhelm the model.
Though with that thought, for what particulars is NSA looking. The same as the IRS. Internal ever more threating as external. What is the point of all their looking. Perhaps we'd all feel more relaxed if we knew what the objective was.
I think it's interesting that every CPA can give you a horror story about the IRS, but no one will speak up in public. In fact we're all like that; everyone is intimidated by the IRS. Even the national commentators put a joke in their columns about the IRS auditing them for what they're writing. Is that the way this country is supposed to work?
An IRS agent goes to do an audit at a synagogue. He asks the rabbi, "Tell me what you do with the bits of left over candles."
"Well we gather them up and send them back in and they send us a free box of candles." says the rabbi.
"And what do you do with the left over wine?" asks the agent.
"We send that in too, and they send us a free bottle of wine." says the rabbi.
"And I understand you do circumcisions?"
"Of course," says the rabbi, "and when we get enough foreskins we send them in and they send us a prick like you."
Americans are funny. This has been going on for at least a decade. The Bush Administration did it without a court order. Nowadays, a warrant is required, but with a warrant the U.S. government has authority under the Patriot Act to mine all sorts of data.
Glad you're finally waking up. Next thing you know, you'll discover that Google and Facebook read your posts and sell the information to the highest bidder.
Zac you miss the point by a mile. I'm sure this was simply an error on your part and not your crazy left wing bias. Let's agree that there are parts of the Patriot act that are questionable and a honest Supreme Court would declare were unconstitutional. However nothing in the Patriot act allowed the Obama administration to give informatiom it collected under the guise of fighting terrorism, to his reelection organization or leaked to the press to make his enemies look bad. This act is an order of magnitude worse then anything in the patriot act. I hope you understand this minor oversight on your part now.
Absolutely. The congress often passes bills that are unconstitutional. The problem is that 80 plus years ago our Supreme Court was politicized and no longer performs their primary function to hold congress and the administration accountable to the constitution. Many of our social and legal problems would disappear if the Supremes would demand that laws passed are constitutional.
The funny part was where the Americans suddenly become aware that the government had these powers, even though the extent of those powers was part of the original political debate leading up to the legislation and the renewal of that legislation. Contrary voices were often marginalized.