Return to a democracyPublished 8:42pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013
To the editor:
No matter what you think about Edward Snowden, not many people care much about what he exposed.
Nancy Pelosi does not care and neither does Mitch McConnell, nor do John Boehner or Harry Reid.
If you don’t know, Snowden exposed spying on us by our government in violation of the Constitution.
He also exposed violation of congressional prohibitions that would have gotten Jimmy Carter impeached, almost got Ronald Reagan impeached and did get Richard Nixon to resign the presidency.
Illegal acts are performed daily by Barack Obama, as they were by George W. Bush, and no one cares.
Maybe Rand Paul or Bernie Sanders care, but few others in Congress do.
The apathy is deafening and that same apathy applies to getting people to care about our dysfunctional government.
As long as the federal government keeps borrowing money and the money keeps flowing to the people, everyone is happy.
Meanwhile, the crisis of last year, the structural deficit accumulating a trillion dollars of federal debt a year, has gone away.
It did not go away because it no longer exists, it went away because no one cares.
With the worst possible partial solution to our federal budget problem, the sequestration of random funds without thought, and with the federal government about to add $622 billion of new debt in the year ending Sept 30, Republican Paul Ryan proposed to continue borrowing for 40 more years.
Rather than challenging Ryan on his phony budget, Democrats are accusing Ryan of addressing problems which no longer exist.
Per the Democrats, the problem has gone away.
We can just continue to borrow from China to solve all the problems created when Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush spent the Social Security and Medicare money in Iraq and on secret operations around the world.
No one cares about what Edward Snowden revealed.
All our problems are solved and everyone is happy to have their phones tapped in the name of the War on Terror.
I am suggesting that since everyone who was involved with bombing the World Trade towers, including Osama bin Laden, is now dead or has been captured we declare we won the War on Terror and return to a democracy.
A democracy, if you don’t remember, is where people are not spied on and have civil rights.
We could then stop shipping military equipment to the gerrymandered dictatorship called Israel to be used to persecute their Arab population and the rest of the Middle East.
Perhaps Palestine can then evolve, as South Africa did, into a democracy representing those who live there.
Meanwhile, all is fine and everyone is apathetic and, in my opinion, in for a massive political and economic collapse when borrowed money runs out and Social Security and Medicare stop.