What a great political publication.
Unfortunately, these days having a political publication called “Reason” could be more of a convoluted oxymoron than anything else, because there is very little reason left in politics.
Yet… check this out:
In the first flush of stories about how the National Security Agency is surveilling American citizens, one stomach-turning revelation hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves: we get the surveillance state we deserve because rank political partisanship trumps bedrock principle every goddamn time on just about every goddamn issue.
This time, it’s HALF a sentence:
Let me repeat that, in case someone missed it:
“… we get the surveillance state we deserve because rank political partisanship trumps bedrock principle every goddamn time on just about every goddamn issue.”
It’s not so much that one Party is against growing the government and the other one isn’t. What we have is a huge Big-Endians vs. Little-Endians argument over which end of the government should grow, and they manage to grow the government at both ends.
Read the article, it has quite a few great sentences… like this one:
“… the virtually unyielding preference for partisanship over principle explains why regardless of which party controls the government, the surveillance state continues to grow. It’s totally different, don’t you see, when my guy is running the show!”
Statism is statism, whether it’s right-winged or left-winged.
With some many people hacking at the egg from both ends according to partisan lines, the ONE thing that we can be certain of is that the damned egg will be broken.
So will our nation.
A good friend observed that while the U.S. may not be a police State yet, we have systems in place that would make Stalin salivate with anticipation.