I found a news article today about how Republicans have less faith in the NSA than Democrats. I am a little perplexed because I thought the Republicans loved domestic spying. I clearly remember them saying so when Democrats were talking about “civil liberties” and “privacy” while President Bush was in office. That was a rapid fall from grace if the Republicans have less faith than Democrats have. I see Democrats protesting the NSA and domestic spying everyday, quite often in fact. Wait, I have something wrong in this. The Democrats did hate domestic spying almost as bad as Bush, right?
But not anymore…
Today we see a role reversal in love and hate for the NSA. This changeover is not so drastic on the Hill, because politicians of the two parties are mostly the same. So, now I will draw from memory a few polling results and the may not be perfectly in line with the original poll (NY Times, I believe). That merits repeating. So, now I will draw from memory a few polling results and the may not be perfectly in line with the original poll (NY Times, I believe).
- 73% of Republicans loved domestic spying and the NSA
- 20 % of Democrats loved domestic spying and the NSA
- 2012 (pre-Snowden)
- 30% of Republicans loved domestic spying and the NSA
- 65% of Democrats loved domestic spying and the NSA
What could this possibly mean? People do not care about domestic spying, rather they care if it is their chosen political team that controls the NSA. People who actually believe the two party system is real simply do not understand issues, rather they just accept the talking points from the talking heads they like.