Returning to the NSA scandal as an objectivity test – we understand that Michael Moore (far left) and Glenn Beck (far right) have both come out in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden. The mainstream is uniformly against Mr. Snowden, calling for him to be captured and tried for treason.
Thus, you might conclude that “the center” is pro-NSA. Alas, that would be one dimensional thinking. See Jeremiah’s quadrants. Here is how we break down attitudes toward the case:
Principled support of NSA surveillance. We must be fair to those who are acting on principle, even if they’re wrong. This group includes the congressional oversight of the NSA – Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MA), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) – and maybe Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Most of Congress is satisfied with their level of control over the NSA.
Principled opposition to surveillance. There are a number of congressmen calling for more disclosure and better oversight, including Mark Udall (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Dean Heller (R-NV). You must support them in the 2014 election. They are the only thing between you and a police state.
Blind Faithers. We are in this mess because Republicans eagerly support a surveillance state, as long as Republicans are in charge – and Democrats feel the same way. Yes, it’s unbelievably stupid, but there are survey results to prove it.
If you have ever been in business, you may have played this game with your suppliers. When they call about the bill, you say, “I don’t know anything about this order, call my partner.” Then your partner says, “Jeremiah handles all the bills, call him.” You can run them around for sixty days or more.
Blind Faithers! This is the game the fascists are playing with you! Oh, no – it was George Bush. George Bush does all the wiretapping. You’ll have to talk to him. Now, where did old George get off to?