New Year’s Resignations
A new year is a new start. Time to get things in order, make a plan and with the best of intentions, go in search of our better selves through discipline and hard work. We have learned so much in the last year. 2005 brought a shattering of the illusion of democratic elections, the realization that we were sold a war on manufactured intelligence and a religious infrastructure so cynical that it gathered thousands of people inside their mega-churches for “Justice Sunday” in an attempt to generate enough letters, phone calls and contributions to support a Congressional rule allowing for the “nuclear option” to shut down a possible judicial filibuster. God is no doubt proud of his minions.
But the best was saved for the end of the year. A dumping of information so explosive, so disturbing that it could only be revealed in the hectic holiday season, where it could almost get lost in the shuffle, taking a back seat to the real news of the war on Christmas. Our government is spying on us, and not just a little.
What is being uncovered is a wide program of information gathering by the NSA and the Pentagon who are sharing their information with other agencies. First it was only incoming international calls that were being tapped, then it was also outgoing international calls, now it is domestic calls as well. This rolling disclosure will continue for a while. The extent to which our government is collecting data on all of us will trickle out, but we may never know how far it has gone or what has happened to the information that has already been collected. Our president, for his part, has declared himself above the law and revealed his true nature as a power hungry madman with, it appears, no boundaries to contain that lust. If we’re not with him, we’re against him and he has looked us square in the eyes and asked, “Yeah, what are you going to do about it?” Now that is the million-dollar question.
As much as I want to believe that it is, I’m afraid this is not the calm before the storm. This pervasive quiet and unsettling feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop is mixed with a sad sort of resignation. Our president has broken the law, but there is no real outrage about it, just a sense that it seems par for the course with this guy and though we know it’s not right, it doesn’t seem any worse that what he has already done and bragged about in the past. We have already asked the question, “Have you no shame Mr. President?” and we have received the answer loud and clear, “as a matter of fact, I don’t.”