RON HART: Orwellian administration’s data under-mining of American values

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM.

“Obama's usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his races, has been to pry into the private records of his opponents.”

In the wake of revelations that the IRS was used as a thuggish enforcement arm of the Obama campaign come further allegations of snooping by the NSA. Suddenly we feel we have a creepy stalker. George Orwell's foretold world of an all-intrusive government is upon us.

Like most freedoms, ours have not been lost quickly or in war, but via the creeping incrementalism of government.

After the IRS persecuted opponents of the President, we are somehow to believe that he wouldn't use the NSA phone and Internet tapping capacity against his political enemies?

To be fair, this initially started with Bush, but he never used it for political dirty tricks. I have supported repeal of the Patriot Act for ten years. Like any government power, it will eventually be abused. I will not give a crib monitor as a baby shower gift because I feel it is akin to wiretapping.

Alarmed by Gitmo, Patriot Act aggressions, drone strikes, intractable wars, etc., even MSNBC is voicing concern about the direction of George Bush’s fourth term.

Can we trust Obama with our personal information? Consider his history:

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