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High Crimes and Hogwash

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President Barack Obama just did exactly that which he does best and that is to piss down the backs of Americans and tell them that it is raining. Fresh off of one hell of a week spent smacking close associates of the latest "New Hitler" Vladimir Putin with sanctions, hyping the Russian military presence on the border of Ukraine as though were the Wehrmacht itself and for good measure kicking the Russians out of G8 our vainglorious leader shifted to the NSA.  With much pomp and circumstance Obama has proposed ending the bulk collection  of telephone data by the government with a yet to be explained set of "reforms" to the existing electronic dragnet process. In a statement that bordered on sheer parody the President spoke of  winning back trust  over the now fully integrated massive surveillance machine that he and his Democratic party water carriers along with the usual legions of authoritarian right-wing hacks have so ardently defended despite the flagrantly unconstitutional and anti-American nature of the programs. 

It is a lie of course. The telephone metadata is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg and Obama and the rest of the criminals in Congress would make that deal in a second to "end" it all and start to close the lid on the Pandora's Box of high crimes and misdemeanors that former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden threw open. What Americans should be really concerned about is that they are collecting content as well, note the recent story that the NSA was  recording all calls  in an unnamed country (more than likely numerous countries including this one) for future retrieval and playback. Welcome to Precrime with the "crime" as yet to be defined by the rulers of the corrupt gangster Deep State that has taken root in The Homeland. The metadata is just one pea in the shell game and what is really the issue is the content. What about the emails, webcam videos, purchase transactions, financial information, political affiliations, three hop relational query results etc. Evidence of this is inevitably forthcoming with the release of the 'real' stuff in the Snowden documents. The NSA and other intelligence services both foreign and domestic as well as their millions strong army of top secret clearance carrying contractors employed within the surveillance state Gomorrah are collecting it all.

This latest new way of doing things is just more of the lamentable Obama's standard horseshit, like all of that false hope and chump change that the Teflon coated snake oil salesman peddled during his initial run for office. He is fibbing as surely as Bill Clinton did when wiggling his finger in the faces of Americans and denying having had "sex" with that woman or George W. Bush did about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction or Poppy did with "read my lips". But the game is rigged, none of the hypocritical a**hole Republicans will call him on it nor has any of this NSA surveillance ever ended up as a subject of one of Darrell Issa's grand inquisitions. The GOP and the demographics that they pander to - despite their parroting of the RNC and Koch Brothers talking points - actually love big government when it comes to war, passing laws to discriminate and the use of the police state to spy upon and punish their long list of enemies. They instead engage in doomed rushes at windmills like exposing Obamacare as a some Bircher style communist form of US conquest replete with death panels or squealing like stuck pigs about the Benghazi hoax. The man's head is on the block here with these high crimes over the NSA unconstitutional spying and none of those rotten chickenshit bastards will wield the ax - just watch. That shows exactly how far that we have descended into the trench of a star-spangled banana republic populated largely by self-centered dopes, complete idiots, Jesus juicing Rapture heads cranks, sheep and lemmings. The real regime change needs to take place in Washington and it needs to be a complete enema of the entire f*cking system that does not discriminate between the asinine my team vs your team ongoing scrum between Team Red Elephant and Team Blue Jackass that keeps the rest of Americans on the sidelines.

Congressman Mike Rogers, the puffy, squawking degenerate who is safely gerrymandered into East Lansing as snug as a blood-sucking tick now has his own bill to "reform" the NSA and guess what? It is just one more step closer to full blown fascism. This guy is never going to be satisfied until everyone in America is under constant surveillance and just whiling away their time until the black vans roll once the NSA has completed crunching the data. The fine people in Mr. Roger's neighborhood, the Eighth Congressional district in Michigan have been sticking it to the rest America for over fourteen years now and will surely return this sick pathological liar  to office once again come November.  It would be too much to ask the high-rolling America haters who are Congressman Rogers' actual constituents to actually stand up for what is right for the country instead of their own selfish asses and hit the flush button on this turd, not only from office but more importantly from his exalted position of Grand Poobah of the House Intelligence Committee. It is the tyranny of the minority writ large.

Rogers' malodorous bill with the obligatory Orwellian name of the  "End Bulk Collection Act"  is being foisted off as a "bi-partisan" effort in that it is co-sponsored by Democratic party legislator Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland. What is conveniently left out is that good ole Dutch happens to preside over the very district that includes the Fort Meade headquarters of the NSA Stasi, a wretched hive of scum and villainy  if there ever were one. Note that the only time that true "bipartisanship" ever occurs is when it comes to sticking an ungreased broomstick up the asses of powerless Americans  and then breaking it off. That a swine like Rogers is able to lord it over the entire country with only the true backing of a minuscule fraction of the national population to whom he delivers the bacon calls into question the very concept of American democracy itself. 

As the legendary   H.L. Mencken once put it: "Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven" and the thorough collapse of the American political system as a functional entity shows the wisdom of his words. We currently reside  in a land where the scum has truly risen and where 49 percent of the populace could be stripped of all of their rights, property and liberty by 51 percent the majority of whom are low-information, mean-spirited, bigoted dumbasses who send forth miscreants like Mike Rogers as their local warlord to sh*t upon the tens of millions of voters who had absolutely no say so in the matter. Just stick a fork in the ass of American "democracy" because at the end of the day it is truly not much more legitimate than the unelected gaggle of rabble that was just installed in Ukraine by a western backed coup.   The obvious blind spot of such a concept is that it fails to account for either a thoroughly corrupt political class, a compromised judiciary nor a population that is largely comprised of willfully ignorant slobs whose only real idea of "democracy" is that which they observe on Dancing With the Stars or American Idol

We truly get the government that we deserve given the current failed system and the virtually complete shutout of voices that advocate true change.

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