The United States has the technological imperative to lead on clean energy. We have the economic imperative to engage in job creation that is good for all of creation. We have the moral responsibility to protect our planet for future generations. And with the pope's encyclical, science and technology truly can be the answer to our prayers.
The Tea Party and legislative Republicans don't seem in the slightest fazed by the governor's assertion of executive muscle -- there's not a single searchable peep expressing concern over McCrory's announcement that he would act even if his legislature did not. So what is real basis for Republican outrage over Obama's "abuse of power"?
While cybersecurity and privacy are certainly "shared challenges" as the government itself has not taken the appropriate steps to rectify its own privacy violations, the government must take leadership in creating enforceable measures for the private sector and other organizations that will prevent the casual manner in which many companies still treat data.