The news media may be cycling through Iowa on their way to New Hampshire, but that isn’t what many Americans are chewing on right now. There seems to be a good deal more concern about NDAA than Newt Gingrich.
NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) allows the President, for the first time, to use the military to arrest Americans on American soil, without due process. In other words, the President can make an opponent simply disappear, in the name of national security. This provision certainly made a splash a few weeks ago, when it came to light. President Obama vowed to veto the bill while the cameras were rolling. On New Years Eve night, he apparently had a change of heart and decided that this was a handy little prerogative to tuck away in his back pocket, after all.
Rosemary, in California, wondered aloud if she was the only one who had noticed. Heinz, from Germany, wrote to Ann in Maine, if this were really true. Evan, in New Jersey wrote, “where will this all lead.”
NDAA, combined with another piece of odious legislation for many Americans, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which would allow the government to filter Internet content, also for our own good, starts to get a little scary. If this all sounds a bit paranoid, well… trust in government is not exactly fulsome, at the moment.
Back to Iowa, and the media forks and knives carving up the latest piece of meat. The only real message to be derived from the outcome of these primaries, is just how angry we are in the heartland over issues like NDAA and SOPA. A vote for the most electable candidate, would suggest, ‘not much’. But if a loose cannon should have a strong showing, like Paul in Iowa, or Huntsman in New Hampshire, well then…
If nothing else, it will certainly give the President and the GOP nominee, something to chew- and perhaps, choke- on in the 2012 silly season.