Americans are reeling over the snooping the government is doing into our personal communications....Several major companies that were named as participants in NSA snooping, including Facebook, Google and Yahoo, flatly deny allowing the government direct access to their servers. But trust in government has been shattered. So when Americans hear companies deny allowing direct access, they simply wonder if the government helped itself to indirect access without telling them. When a government loses the people’s trust on any level, citizens become suspicious of it at all levels. The US government can only govern with the consent of the people. If it loses their trust, it loses their consent. Without consent, you have a paralyzing crisis of confidence. If the Obama Administration has some reasonable answers, or plausible excuses, or even halfway some believable denials, now would be a really choice time to roll them out. 

Another aspect of the data mining scandal that hasn’t been mentioned much yet is whether it will harm the US tech industry. One of the few bright spots in the economy is high tech. American tech firms have clients all over the world. If any of those clients become alarmed at the possibility that the private information they route through US servers is being spied on by the government, they might take their business elsewhere. Ironically, some of Obama’s biggest boosters and donors are limousine liberals who made big money off the Internet and high tech. They said they didn’t mind paying more taxes. But his leadership may prove more costly to them than even they expected.

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  • Rhonda Staton

    06/20/2013 08:27 PM

    President Obama and the NSA say the gathering of our records is necessary to keep us safe from terrorists. Do they think all Americans that they are recording phone records, internet usage, etc are terrorists? It used to be that they had to obtain a court order that listed the name of the person they were investigating and show probable cause that this person has, is, or is going to commit a crime. Whose name is on the court order and what probable cause have they shown? Unlawful!!!

  • Josh Worley

    06/12/2013 09:55 PM

    I'm 17 years old. When I'm at this age people think we are care free and have no worries Mr. Huckabee that is further from the truth. The "Government", if I'm not mistaken is supposed to be by the people for the people. They are signing laws behind closed doors and now they are snooping in on our personal information that is invasion of privacy which is going against the 4 amendment. Which states that we have the right to be secure in our homes, papers, and effects. We also have the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures. Mr. Huckabee if I can't trust my Government now then when can I? I pray that God will enter our Government and save us I really do.

    Respectfully from a brother in Christ,
    Josh Worley

  • David T. Salerno

    06/12/2013 02:04 PM

    I pray for our country every day. I pray for our president too. Not because I agree with him or trust him but because I love my country and pray God will open his eyes so that he may see. Whenever a politician cares about his own political future and his legacy MORE than he cars about his country, it is time for that politician to leave. It's is well past time Mr. Obama went back to community organizing and a private life for he is NOT fit to lead this great country. He might be a great politician but he is a lousy president.

  • Robert L. Savage

    06/12/2013 09:00 AM

    The NSA thing is a mess - but so is our tax code which is itself a huge data mining operation.

    WE DESPARATELY NEED REAL TAX REFORM!

    I am a little-known author with a recently-published book - "Rendering Unto Caesar" - laying out a REAL tax reform plan that I believe you would like. It's heart is a national sales tax, and it requires lawmakers to set budgets first. It also eliminates any need for "tax expemtion" status (See your tweet yesterday about churches).

    I will gladly send you a free copy if you would let me know.

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