Are We The Enemy?

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I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’ve talked about it with others in other places.

Edward Snowden betrayed the National Security Agency, and for that he’s being called a traitor. Let’s take a second and review what that means.

The closest that applies to what Snowden has done is found in Oran’s Law Dictionary (1983) in which it is defined, at least partially, as a, “citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”

Well, let’s examine that. Who did Edward Snowden inform about the NSA’s unconstitutional overreach?

Us. He told us.

So this brings to mind an important question:

At what point did the United States government define We, The People as its enemy?

Well, here’s the truth: We are their Sovereign. The United States government, originally and properly, views We, the People as its King.

Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, we are the boss. Man, woman or transgendered, we are the rulers. Rich or poor, young or old, strong or weak, we are the ones to whom they must answer.

Edward Snowden made them do exactly what they are supposed to do — he made them answer to us.

And for that, they have labeled him a traitor.

He is not a traitor. Our government is. It has betrayed us.

It’s been said that a government is a body of men, notably ungoverned. That might have been said as a fiction, but the sentiment is a fact.

If Edward Snowden is a traitor for imposing a measure of accountability on that body of men and women, if he is a traitor for forcing them to have their authority questioned, for giving us information we have every right to but which they believe they are so privileged that they can deny us…

If that does make him a traitor, then he should be one among hundreds of millions of traitors.

Maybe Edward Snowden is a son of a bitch, but not for discovering his conscience and telling us truths our public servants wanted hidden. If he was ever a son of a bitch, it was for working for them in the first place. But as long as you do as you’re told, as long as you fund this faceless, soulless thing that looms over us all today, it’s tragically appropriate to paraphrase one more quote, from Kenneth Bainbridge:

Right now, we are all sons of bitches.

One comment

  • Absolutely right, John. Politicians and governments talk about accountability and transparency – as long as they’re not the ones in the spotlight. Then it becomes a horse of a different face.


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