By and large, bloggers’ coverage of today’s vital Senate hearing has been pathetic. Oh, there have been a few bright spots. There were articles from Everyone is a Sith, Constitutional Blog, and well, not a lot more than that.
There are a million things that bloggers were writing about today, but the totalitarian Patriot Act reauthorization was not one of them. As the chart above shows, there were many more times more blog posts about Arkham Asylum, the newest Batman video game, than there were for the Durbin Amendment, which either last week or this week would have represented a last ditch attempt to preserve a scrap of Americans’ constitutional protections from unreasonable search and seizure.
Why do bloggers care so little about the freedoms that they depend upon? I have a depressing theory: Republicans don’t want to blog about the issue because they like having a big government with immense, Constitution-crushing powers. Democrats don’t want to blog about the issue because they like having Democratic politicians in power more than they appreciate the Constitution. They’re embarassed at what their leaders are doing, but don’t want to seem disloyal. And political independents? 95 percent of political independents just don’t care about any political ideals. They admire cotton candy with more depth than they admire the Constitution.
That leaves, well, barely enough people to populate a village with one traffic light. If you’re one of them, congratulations for making it this far.