The fact that anyone is defending Bush’s illegal domestic spying program is a strong indication that we have turned into frogs. I’m sure you know the old wives’ tale: a frog thrown into a pot of boiling water will jump right out, but if the water is slowly heated to a boil, the frog will stay in the pot, oblivious to its impending demise.
The Bush administration has slowly raised the temperature on US citizens, with political dirty tricks, tax cuts for the rich, increasing deficits, the Patriot Act, corruption, “free-speech” zones, lying us into a war with Iraq, more tax cuts for the rich, leaking the identity of an undercover CIA agent for political payback, buying the media, torture, corporate welfare for oil companies, cutting social programs that help the poor, and now domestic spying without warrants. All along the way, sycophants have defended these actions and spun opposition as misguided at best and treason at worst. And it appears that the American public has slowly adjusted to the destruction of the social safety net and the erosion of our civil liberties.
We are boiling to death, and we sit comfortably in the pot. What will it take to make us jump?