February 07, 2014
This apathy toward tyranny isn”t just prevalent with the big issues. You see it in local news stories, too. The state just took away some black kid because his parents were joking around with him in a way the government deemed too crass. They weren”t calling him a “nigger” the way a racist would. They were using the N-word as in “little fucker” the way someone who swears too much would. It’s terrible parenting to be sure, but terrible parenting it still light years better than whatever the government can do. At the other end of the racist spectrum, we recently had all the kids taken from parents who named their eldest son Adolf Hitler. It’s not a great name by any means and he’s going to learn how to fight with a moniker like that, but would the state do the same for a kid named Mao? He stacked up dead bodies to the sun”far more than Hitler did. I”m disturbed by a nanny state that takes its name so literally, but I”m way more disturbed by the lack of indignation. The reaction to both of these cases on the Internet and among the people I know ranged from “good” to “harrumph.”
You talk to these same people about a traffic jam Chris Christie may have known about, and they use adjectives such as “scary.” Isn”t the state taking away your kids scarier than being late for work?
The NSA is one of the few scandals the media seemed to care about, but their reporting on it is cursory. The American left is so self-obsessed the only thing to get them off the couch is the thought of the government reading their emails. They see it as their right to anonymously post racist comments about Michelle Malkin, and the idea of being exposed for it is a violation they will not tolerate. The government isn”t reading your tirades against Ann Coulter, but if this is the only thing that makes Americans question authority, I”ll take it. The story is already dying, but there is one crucial detail I haven”t seen appear anywhere in the news. On December 15th, 2013, 60 Minutes did the most “obsequious” story they”ve ever done. The segment was guest-hosted by a former FBI employee and was basically a PSA for the NSA. There was no criticism whatsoever, and it played more like an employee-training seminar on all the great work the NSA does and how crucial they are to our survival. On December 16th, a judge declared that the NSA program is “likely unconstitutional.” Isn”t anyone concerned that America’s most-watched news show did a seemingly government-sponsored piece that essentially said, “The NSA has everything under control” the day before a judge said the NSA is out of control? Soon after the piece aired, the higher-ups rewarded the host with a cushy job running the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. These are all coincidences? This is the same CBS show, by the way, that did a whole segment on the oppression of Coptic Christians in Egypt but made no mention of the one who made an anti-Muslim movie and was thrown in jail. Look, I have a day job and three kids I have to support. Can”t any of you real journalists get to the bottom of this? There’s more to reporting than bitching about what teenagers say on Twitter. Do your fucking job!
So we have two filmmakers who made the president look bad. One went to jail and the other is facing jail time. We have an IRS that targets conservatives and a media that puts a Republican traffic jam over Democrats supplying guns to kill Mexicans and ignoring attacks on American soil. The government doesn”t just have the media at their disposal; they send their employees to host the shows. Despite all this Orwellian Stalinism, we repeatedly give the state the benefit of the doubt. We even give them our children. Noticing bizarre coincidences like this used to be reserved for paranoid nuts, but “Just because you”re paranoid doesn”t mean they aren”t after you.” You know a presidency is going bad when the nuts on the right are the only sane ones left.