The main problem with Alanis Morissette’s song, “Ironic,” is that there is nothing ironic in the lyrics. Thanks to ReasonTV and Dianne Feinstein, that has now been fixed.
A Senator lady
Got the news one day
The country’s being spied on
by the NSA
So she went out defending
on each TV set
but when she found out she’d been snooped on
she got all upset
And isn’t it ironic?
I mean, don’t you think?
Senator, this may surprise you
and the irony bites
but Congresspeople ain’t the only ones
with 4th Amendment rights
Of course my favorite line was: “It’s like… a cheap healthcare plan that you just can’t afford.”
It seems to me, right now, that mockery is one of our best means of regime resistance. If so, then the war between the CIA and the Senate is a gift that has been dropped into our laps. As Bob first pointed out on March 6, Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee have been raising a stink because, as they allege, the CIA hacked their computers and spied on them. The CIA has responded that the Senate deserved it and, ironically, treated their oversight as if they had no more right to know their secrets than Edward Snowden.
Feinstein has gone to even more ridiculous extremes, advocating privacy-protecting regulations of commercial civilian drones because protestors flew a toy helicopter outside her window.
It is too bad the song couldn’t have devoted a verse to Darrel Issa, who accused the CIA of “treason” for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, even though he has never opposed NSA spying on Americans. Feinstein is not the only one displaying irony!
Even though I think the inconsistencies and hypocrisy of our politicians deserve this ridicule, I hope no one enjoying this video and song forgets how serious these matters are. Rand Paul even suggests that his fellow Senators might be truly fearful of the intelligence bureaucracies.