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Stephen Kruiser

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June 7, 2013 - 9:40 am

I’m so old I remember when things like this used to freak everybody out.

You don’t need a wiretap to hear what people are saying about the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program. The program’s details, disclosed in a secret court order leaked to the Guardian, show that at least one major company, Verizon, has been legally required to give the government information about its subscribers’ communications. “An astounding assault on the Constitution,” says Rand Paul. “Obscenely outrageous,” says Al Gore. “Beyond Orwellian,” says the ACLU.
Chill.

You can quarrel with this program, but it isn’t Orwellian. It’s limited, and it’s controlled by checks and balances.

If there is anything even a casual observer of politics should have learned in the last several years it’s that the notion of “checks and balances” has become a bit…muddy. Congress cedes authority to the Executive branch all the time, letting “laws” that should be voted on in plain site get snuck into our everyday lives through regulations enacted by appointed officials. The hyperactive judiciary often feels the need to legislate from the bench. Let’s face it, the kids are alone on the Slip and Slide while the parents are getting drunk in the kitchen.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Hang on....keep calm....the sky's not falling [no punning on Skype here, please] and everybody please remember that the "breaker' of this piece of news is the Guardian of England, that very liberal and reliably smug anti-Ameddican newspaper along with the Washington Post, not necessarily a paragon of balanced reporting.

These outlets were no doubt chosen by the leaker because of their cranky liberal reputations.

I read somewhere earlier that Senators Feinstein and Ol' Harry Reid are taking all of this in stride, meaning that they seem aware and "witting".

Back to work, everybody, and be thankful that you're not given cause to complain that your government surveillance guys and gals are NOT doing the jobs they are indeed set up to do - and, they probably are doing them quite well, considering all the obstacles we place in their path.

We're at War...dear Readers....War waged by a very savvy, sophisticated Muslim enemy here inside our gates - why can't we admit that fact to the inner precincts of our skulls?
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My friend, who will guard the guardians?
Government of the people, by the people, for the people will indeed perish from this earth if we do not hold our government accountable. We cannot win this war if we become as oppressive and tyrannical as the enemy.
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"It’s limited, and it’s controlled by checks and balances."

This assumes that what the executive branch tells others is both true and accurate. It is my opinion that the other scandals (IRS, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Rosen...) have shown that this administration is neither truthful nor accurate in their statements to Congress, the courts or the people.

In other words, this proves the well known statement about assuming anything (AssUMe).
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The check on the executive branch was intended to be impeachment. Does anyone think there are fewer than 34 Democrats that will put country before party (like the Republicans did when they let Nixon know they would and he resigned)?
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Since they regularly don't know what's going on within their departments and a whole variety of "low-level employees" have already been found "abusing the system" (if you believe their spin on events they've directed) then what reassurance could they give that in THESE instances they have tight control with checks and balances working correctly?
1 year ago
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Yes, exactly.
1 year ago
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Defending the Indefensible. A Fool's Errand.
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Can you please contact Bryan.and ask him to DM me -- I'd like to offer aperspective on tthese latest developments and how they relate to R2P, Susan Rice, Syria, Benghazi. I'm local @VeronicaATX. Its important. Roger Simon would also be interested.
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