And so the indignity swells, from every part of the ideological spectrum, that the government seems to have found out who we all called. Of course, let's get this one thing out of the way first: these practices and worse were instituted under the Bush Administration, and never did a single Republican complain. So, we know how seriously to take their whining (as if we didn't already.) But this time they have been joined in the festival of outrage by tons of Democrats, and formerly respectable writers like Glenn Greenwald.
Hey, I'm not happy about people knowing who I got calls from (mostly my wife and the dentist- I hope they get some really good national security information from that.) But as far as I am concerned, this issue is way down on the list of things I am outraged about. I wonder why (and I really do- this is not sarcasm) all of the people on our side who are so up in arms about this, are not more concerned about things like this:
An administration that started an illegal war of aggression, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people and costing us two trillion dollars, and committing war crimes of torture and imprisonment without cause in the process;
An administration that actively aided Wall Street traders in an orgy of greed that destroyed our economy; and
An administration that saw to it that not one single person was held responsible for either of these monstrous crimes;
A political party (one of only two that we have) that, between its pandering to a massive group of deranged, hate-filled, ignorant voters that it created itself, and its pandering to the hyper-rich, has turned itself into a subversive organization which is destroying the nation's ability to function; and
An administration that refuses to even call them out on their sedition, let alone do anything about it
A government that favors the enrichment of literally a few thousand families over the welfare of the rest of us
Supposed representatives of the people that are constantly trying to force the country into insane foreign warfare...
Well, I could go on and on, but I think this current outrage about the government checking who we called, as unacceptable as it may be, is far, far down the list of unaddressed threats facing this country. It has never been demonstrated that the current phone number controversy has harmed a single person- the crimes listed above have killed hundreds of thousands and diminished the prosperity of hundreds of millions. Yet the government and the press seem to have determined to just let them vanish into the dustbin of history while they obsess over nothing; which is to say they are collaborating in their determination to only serve the rich in this world, while providing the rest of us with nothing but meaningless distractions while we see our lives wasting away.