… just not the People in Power.
But… wait… what?
Are You Little People confused?
Of course you are… or at least, you should be.
Your confusion stems from our wandering so very far away from our Founders intent.
The reason for this confusion is we were founded in such a way where the Individual is always supreme over the Government. And the Government is not only LIMITED in it’s power, it’s powers are intentionally Separated. Limit and Conflict were BUILT INTO THE SYSTEM to PROTECT THE INDIVIDUAL. It’s quite simple really.
Which brings us to the fact that The Newly Found Political Fury over Sweeping Mass Collection of data by Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies should be directed at the Intrusion upon, and Violation of, Individual Rights of ALL Citizens… Not Politicians specifically.
Frankly, I have less of an issue with Politicians spying on each other than I do Force (Government) spying on the Citizenry.
Let me make this as Clear as possible…
The U.S. Government can and should be Spying on other Countries. It’s their Job.
Other Countries will be attempting to Spy on us, the U.S. – It’s not a matter of being ‘OK’ with it, it’s their job… as it is ours to deny them that ability.
What is Not ‘OK’?
The U.S. Government Spying on Individual Citizens without a specifically crafted warrant to do so. (The only argument worth having here; “Are Politicians considered Individual Citizens?” It could also be useful to remind the NSA that their Love interests also fit into the ‘Citizen’ category… and some of the things they are doing is considered stalking at a minimum.)
Of course they are…
But the current framing of the ‘Offended’ is that they are ‘special’. And while I might agree that they are special, I would offer that they are most often the kind of special that requires a helmet when walking outside.
In the end, the reason you should be more concerned about the U.S. Government Spying on you and not China, Korea, Israel or Google, is because none of the latter have yet found a way to show up at your door and throw you in jail. (Although Google is probably working on it.)
The Politicians should be reminded of their place in society… which was always intended to be servants to those who are not in power.
This will be interesting to watch as most genuine Conservatives do not like being Spied upon, and most Democrats have spent huge amounts of time and money convincing their Useful Voters that they too believe in a Right to Privacy.
Can anyone spell Dissonance?