I'm in a musing mode. I think this whole NSA story has me thinking about how our political system isn't working these days and that sends me into contemplating the big picture.
As I wrote this morning, the current hysteria about NSA contains within it some issues about what privacy means these days that need to be addressed (for more on that read this). But then, that is true of the IRS situation and the whole tension between classified leaks and journalism. In other words, in addition to critical issues like immigration reform, Obamacare implementation, gun violence, the economy, voting rights, climate change etc, these so-called "scandals" highlight very real challenges we need to face.
But all we see happening is a need to grab these issues and play gottcha power games with them. Everyone jumps to stake out a position and engage the fight. We will NEVER produce results that way.
I think about how President Obama talked about counterterrorism in his speech recently. He basically invited us into a conversation about some very thorny issues. He exposed some of his own moral and pragmatic dilemmas that are very real. In other words, he said "we need to talk." But we're not interested in doing that. We're interested in "winning." Anyone who lets down their guard in defending their position (as President Obama did in that speech) is ridiculed because they're not playing the game.
For today, I'm tired of all that...and a bit discouraged. Who knows, maybe I'll see things a bit differently after a good night's sleep. If I do, I'll let you know.