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Just one example of many: Sean Hannity during the Bush administration excoriating the Dems for opposing the creation of an Orwellian surveillance state, and the same boyo during the Obama administration excoriating the Dems for creating the aforementioned surveillance state. A nice little video of this flat-headed flannelmouth ranting on both sides of the issue. And did you see ABC or CBS “news” calling him out for his Janus impression? Neither did anyone else, because they never did.

In addition to out-and-out partisan hacks like Hannity, we have the merely lazy hacks who do nothing but pass along the lies of our “representatives”. No fact-checking, nonono, none of that old0fashioned stuff.

This is the only article your humble correspondent could locate that actually dared to ask questions( like, say, “why do Teapublicans oppose criminal background checks for gun buyers as ‘intrusive’ but support the Patriot Act and other domestic surveillance initiatives?”) and didn’t simply repeat the B.S. that got handed down by the two-faced crooks and liars in DC. An excerpt;

“This bill is a clear overreach that will predominantly punish and harass our neighbors, friends, and family,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voted against proceeding to debate the issue of gun control.

But on Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican defended the controversial NSA surveillance programs that sweep up data on phone calls and Internet activities, essentially making the case that the efforts are justified and legal.

Seen that on Fox, CNN, or another such “news” outlet? Yeah, we haven’t either. Such is life in the infotainment age. And let’s not forget the hysterical, hype-ridden “coverage” at the outset of this “scandal” that was ever-so-quietly “corrected” as the days went on. It’s getting to the point where we can trust our “news” media even less than we do Congress.

And if you’re less trustworthy than those partisan motherf***ers, you can’t be trusted at all.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Back in the early Aughts, the Bushies and Congress used America’s fear to ram through the “Patriot” Act, a mind-boggling assault on our Constitutional rights. This was, regrettably, done by Jackasses and Elephants alike.

But the government couldn’t violate enough of our rights, and couldn’t violate them enough. So in 2007, the Bushies and Congress rammed through the “Protect America” Act, so as to be able to quietly shred the last vestiges of our rights. Then they passed it again in 2008.

Then in 2012, the Obama administration and Congress quietly re-upped the PAA for another few years.

The point of this history lesson? Each and every Senator and Congresscritter (except for the total Noobs) knew all about the surveillance, the monitoring, the spying, the phone record keeping: all of it. They knew because they voted on the legislation to authorize it, and most of them did so more than once.

So now it suits them to climb upon the cruppers of their high horses and denounce this outrage, Dems and Repubs alike, and act as if they knew nothing of it. We had best remember that the majority of them are, in the finest bipartisan tradition, responsible for this outrage.

And we, in an equally bipartisan manner, should chuck anyone who voted for the government to spy on us right out of office. And that soon.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky