Clueless John McCain Tells Americans The NSA Is Just ‘Something You’ve Got To Accept’ (VIDEO)


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How does a guy who has sacrificed as much for America as John McCain so easily accept the stripping away of Americans’ rights to privacy?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stated on the Dan Patrick Show that having the NSA spy on everyday Americans is just “the world we’re living in,” claiming that younger Americans disapprove of the government invasion simply because they don’t remember 9/11 well enough.

Seriously? As if American culture would ever let one forget 9/11? Good luck with that.

Though McCain acknowledges the NSA has abused its power from time to time, he remains a devoted supporter. After all, what better way to subvert those who work to undermine our freedom than to start stripping it away yourself in a self-proclaimed cause to protect it?

In a savvy media mash-up designed to talk about two media triggers at once in order to maximize exposure, interest, and profits, Dan Patrick asked McCain about the legal ins and outs surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling and whether or not what he said should be held against him because he was secretly recorded within the privacy of his own home, to which McCain had this to say:

It’s the world we’re living in. You don’t like it, but everything I say I expect to be recorded… It’s just the way we live. It is something you’ve got to accept. I don’t particularly like it, but it is what it is.

McCain’s broken down logic overlooks one major point, however. Americans have a choice.

We have a choice to sacrifice privacy for alleged terrorist tracking, or we have a choice to maintain our privacy, acknowledging that no matter how much privacy we give away, no matter how many rights we give up in the name of nationalism and safety, the world will never be baby-proof. We will never remove all the terrorists through surveillance and violence. Only through changing our systems and structures altogether to eliminate the social and political conditions that make citizens rise up and feel that such groups are necessary in the first place will we eradicate terrorism in the world. First and foremost, America will also need to acknowledge its own large presence in the terrorism cycle bleeding and booming across the globe. McCain talks as if no choice exists.

McCain also forgets that what one citizen does to another with a smartphone is one thing for the civil courts, but is an entirely different, much larger, more sinister matter when it is the government doing it, and not to one or two citizens here or there but to the entire country (as well as vast portions of the rest of the world).

McCain then cast himself even further from the youth vote when he scoffed at a poll indicating that 53 percent of Americans believe their cell phones to be tapped and monitored by the government. When asked by Patrick, McCain laughed and said:

No, no… Young people aren’t particularly happy. We’ve forgotten a little bit about 9/11, and how if we’d intercepted the right communications we might have prevented 9/11.

McCain went on to say, “We’ve got to be more transparent,” but concluded:

We’re all grown people, and we have to realize we live in the 21st century. I’ve said things in the past that I wish I hadn’t said and… it just is what it is.

Though McCain has called for overhauling oversight of the NSA, he stands by the agency, considering it a vital tool in the war on terrorism even though the program, in all its years of operation, have yet to reveal a terrorist plot.

Clearly McCain does not believe in the possibilities of, and potential for, change.