Gross violations of privacy by the National Security Agency are already being spun as necessary to national security by the very same media that roasted George W. Bush for a much smaller attack on civil liberties. In fact, the media, vomits, Google knows more about you than the NSA, and the NSA's listening helped foil a terror attack on the New York subway in 2009. This may be true, but as of yet, Google cannot have me arrested, though that day is probably coming.
The media is almost gleeful in trying to explain away the Obama administrations NSA's massive intrusion in the lives of ordinary and law abiding Americans, and that they will succeed is further proof that the NSA spying is no longer necessary.
Because in a very short period of time every action of every person will be a political action.
Because though the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care), your individual actions, no matter how small, will become either an affront against the state or an affirmation of the state.
The "state" will consist not only of the government apparatus, but also fellow citizens.
If your slothful actions, or your not vaccinating a child, are viewed as an affront against your fellow citizens then that citizen could get less of the state pie. You will become a threat to him and to the state. Your actions, now politicized by law, will become an action that will have to be watched and, if necessary, reported upon.
You neighbor will become not someone to borrow a lawn edger from, but an appendage of the state and of the collective, next door operative for the National Security Agency.
Think is this an exaggeration?
A quick trip to Cuba or North Korea will serve as proof. Let's pick Cuba. The people there are generally laid back and friendly; yet, on almost every block there are those who guard the "revolution", who are members of the "party", the Communist Party, and they watch for political violations, and because everything is political in Cuba, every action you take is political. These little units are formally known as the "Committees for the Defense of the Revolution." They watch on a small scale, watch and protect the power structure of the Castro Brothers. They are snitches, who, if they see things out of sorts, report and are rewarded. They are protecting national security and the common good by turning in their neighbor, no electronic listening or watching necessary.
We in the United States are undergoing a revolution. No, there are no rebels fighting in the hills: this is a velvet or "velveeta" revolution. The smothering cheese of conformity and apathy are drowning the voices of those who warn against an oppressive government.
This NSA dust up, like the IRS scandal, like the EPA drone scandal, like the Bengazi scandal, will be gone in a very short time, smothered over like molten cheese over french fries, by the media arm of the government and justified by progressives and liberals as necessary by "our guy" (Obama) to save the union.
But it won't be necessary, because this nation will become like every other nation when the government, instead of the individual, is in charge of how much cheese you get.
These United States will become (proudly) a nation of snitches.
And you will not complain. You will not be able to, less you or your child goes without.