L’etat c’est moi

The President testily defended the practice (revealed by a New York Times story that the Times sat on for over a year to ensure the reelection of the Imperium) that our Government, via its NSA (formerly headed by Incompetetentallezza Rice and now by Stephen “See No Evil, etc.” Hadley) is routinely spying on American citizens in contravention of what we all believed to be the American constitution and laws.
Given the ongoing saga of Jose Padilla, our… controversial… practices at Guantanimo Bay, Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and the various ghost CIA operations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East… our massive government deficits caused even more by the insane spending increases under total Republican government than by the insane tax cuts…
One might question why the folks in charge call themselves “conservatives.” Possibly, because their policies are about conserving the wealth and power that they manage to appropriate to themselves.
Power that we now know includes routine monitoring of you and me and the intimacies of our lives. The authority of the President to do this, as, for example, set forth in legal memoranda he commissioned on the subject: because he can.
And I suppose if gasoline prices continue to come down… most Americans will be the happier for it.