When you have a government as big as ours, things like what the NSA is doing or the IRS going after certain groups should be expected. We live in an era where it seems we want bigger and bigger, more and more powerful central government. Reigning in government and their agencies is really something we as a whole are not interested it. We want to turn over more and more of what government controls in our daily lives to government. We expect government to take care of us instead of we the people. We want security in a myriad of forms. From terrorists, from enemies foreign and domestic, from the daily wants, to make our lives better, to become our mommies and daddies.
I am not surprised at all with the NSA spying or the IRS targeting political groups. Things like this come from big government and we the people want big government. Limits on government is a thing of the past. What was it Thomas Jefferson said? A government big and powerful enough to give you everything you want is also big and powerful enough to take everything away. Something like that. Ben Franklin as said something akin to: Those who choose security over liberty will soon have neither. I think in the form of NSA doing what it is doing this has come to past also. We readily as a people give up liberties and freedom for security from want.
But this is what we want and vote for. We have exactly the government we deserve. 1984 waited until today to come true. But 1984 probably became a reality when the patriot act was passed. We just were moving towards it at a slower rate from the 1960 when Orwell wrote the book to the patriot act. My opinion anyway.