I have watched the news intently over the last 2 days. I switched between all of the farcical news channels to hear what the spin would be, I watched from Fox (supposedly conservative) to MSNBC (supposedly literates) and everything in between. I cannot believe what I am hearing. I can’t even believe that this is real. Questions from the “experts” such as “Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor?” or “Should he be prosecuted?” As an American citizen who believes in The Constitution I have my own opinion as you can well guess. Please remember that only 2 weeks ago we found out that the IRS was auditing conservative groups, reporters were being eavesdropped on and the public was blatantly lied to regarding the slaughter of U.S. citizens in Benghazi. I guess those scandals have already been swept under the rug and buried.
Hero or traitor? Did Snowden abrogate The Constitution? The Bill of Rights? Was he even in a position where he “swore” with his hand on The Bible to “protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies whether foreign or domestic?” Probably not. The POLITICIANS who are so up in arms about this “traitor” have ALL BEEN SWORN IN and promised to protect the Constitution. This kid does not appear to be a lunatic or an idiot; he appears to simply be a patriotic American who happens to have a conscience. Did he make any money doing this? Did he further his career? Did he make his life easier in any way? No, he made the hard choice. He may end up in jail, exiled forever, silenced or even go “missing” but he did what he believed in and what he believed this country was founded on. Freedom, Liberty and Justice.
The “debate” as far as I can see has and is totally missing the point. “Should Edward Snowden be prosecuted?” is the question that is being asked. That in my opinion is not the question. The real question is “are we too far down the 1984 rabbit hole or would impeaching, jailing and or executing for treason against the nation, anyone and everyone involved” be enough to send us in a correct direction? I would think that both conservatives and liberals would/could join hands and be pissed about the surveillance state. It doesn’t look like this will be the case sadly; I believe that “surveillance” has become a new normal and “just the way it is” in the nation’s mentality.
A poll yesterday by Pew revealed that 56% of American are “OK” with the surveillance while word out of Washington is that they have no plans to change what they have been doing. As a side note, George Orwell’s predictive book “1984” has seen its sales surge on Amazon 6,884% in the last 24 hours. I don’t even know what to say, I had hoped that this would be the “wake up” moment for Americans. Apparently it will not be.
The “wake up” moment will be when the checks stop coming, the banks go on a holiday and distribution breaks down. Then, all at once everyone will start asking questions, angry questions. Questions like “How could this have happened?” or “Why is the government letting this happen?” (Or even why are they DOING THIS?) It is simply amazing that very few even care and rather than look at the tyrannical actions of a government overstepping its bounds the finger is being pointed at one conscience individual and how he has made us “less safe.” My first thought was that not even a fiction writer could make this stuff up but George Orwell seems to have had a very clear crystal ball.