Editorial: Our world not quite the way it has been

“Can you hear me now?”

That phrase, made popular by Verizon in marketing years ago, takes on a new meaning today when one envisions Big Brother sitting in a dark office listening in on your cell phone conversations.

Of course, the feds say they haven’t been listening. Yeah, but …

What is this world coming to? In the last 30 days we’ve learned:

The Internal Revenue Service likes to party, and party hard, at our expense.

The extent of domestic eavesdropping extends way beyond what any citizen envisioned.

The Syrian government has used chemical weapons in its suppression efforts.

As a result, President Barack Obama ordered more aid to Syrian rebels, despite the fact many of the rebel forces are directly linked to al-Qaida.

Gas prices here in Michigan not only topped the $4 mark, they surged past the $4.25 mark as well.

Charlie Brown actually kicked the football – Lucy didn’t pull it away at the last minute.

OK, so we exaggerated about Charlie Brown.

Is it just us, or does it seem the world is spinning out of control?

The same day the President announced more aid to Syrian rebels, Associated Press reported that in documents left behind by al-Qaida forces in Africa, it was learned the terrorist organization apparently now has in its possession weaponry capable of bringing down passenger airplanes, a reality governments have feared for some time.

And we want to give these terrorists funding in Syria? Are we crazy?

In Iraq this week a wave of car bombs exploded across the country.

In Afghanistan this week the Taliban attacked both the airport and multiple sites around Kabul.

Why should we expect Syria will be any different if we get more involved there?

James Madison, one of our country’s founders, warned “the essence of government is power, and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

Whether abuse, insanity or lack of common sense, it seems the world is tilting on its axis into a crazy abyss these days.

One wonders, “can you hear us now?”