Oh! Wait! I remember! Obama supposedly had *no idea* what the NSA was doing and is therefore totally innocent of making us a rogue nation bent on trying to control everything with spy technology, drone murders, and Machiavellian cynicism. He is relieved of the guilt of being a corrupt authoritarian by being–so we are told–an incompetent ninny whose subordinates don’t inform him lest he know too much and lose plausible deniability.
“My country right or wrong” is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” – G.K. Chesterton. We accelerate toward the moment when American Catholics will, for the love of country, have to defy their country. The trick will be to defy her for the right reasons and not because we’ve been ginned up by some demagogue who cares no more for the Faith than Obama does. That will be harder than most people think since our tribal culture tends to recklessly assume that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.