First, as I written many times before, I don't have a problem with the NSA data-mining program because everyone on the internet already "owns" all of my business. I'm on Facebook and Twitter and have multiple email accounts. I bank, shop and pay bills on-line. My identity was stolen at Target and tracking cookies monitor my every move.
The White Pages has my name, complete household address, phone number and even my age. Moveon.org found me in 2008 and Organizing for America tracked me in 2012. My college always finds me and Nielsen is tracking what I watch on TV. Google has a picture of my house, street view and even gives directions to my front door... without permission.
Every time I visit a store, bank or city facility, my every movement is recorded--I feel like a celebrity. So when I heard that the NSA was collecting data, I honestly didn't and don't care.
Just imagine what would happen to progressives if we finally found the ideal candidate. Let's say our beloved Elizabeth Warren was sitting in the big chair and received daily briefings about all the folks who wants to harm us and she looked the other way.
Then, when we are attacked, the whole world would dub her and the progressive party as soft on terror. We've carried that moniker for decades and have had great men like Carter, Dukakis and Kerry destroyed by that depiction.
Folks, the NSA will be here forever because NO progressive democrat will ever take the political risk to end the program. That includes Barack, Hillary, Howard and Elizabeth.
The NSA is here to stay so we should pursue strategies to limit and control it's scope rather than lamenting its continued existence. I applaud Obama's attempt to do just that.
While I know my perspective on this issue is not popular, I appreciate you reading my thoughts.