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Zing! Kirsten Powers Lays Waste to the Anti-Snowden Crowd

This is pretty epic. She names names, and takes them all to task with biting wit and piercing rejoinders to their intellectually bankrupt slams against Snowden:

The Sickening Snowden Backlash
by Kirsten Powers | The Daily Beast | June 14, 2013

It's appalling to hear the Washington bureaucrats and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it's our leaders and the NSA who have betrayed us, writes Kirsten Powers.

Hell hath no fury like the Washington establishment scorned.

Since Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself as the leaker of the National Security Agency spying programs, the D.C. mandarins have been working overtime to discredit the man many view as a hero for revealing crucial information the government had wrongfully kept secret. Apparently, if you think hiding information about spying on Americans is bad, you are misguided. The real problem is that Snowden didn’t understand that his role is to sit and be quiet while the “best and the brightest” keep Americans in the dark about government snooping on private citizens.

By refusing to play this role, Snowden has been called a "traitor" by House Majority Leader John Boehner. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the leaks "an act of treason." The fury among the protectors of the status quo is so great that you have longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen smearing Snowden as a “cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood.” The New York Times’s David Brooks lamented that Snowden, who put himself in peril for the greater good, was too “individualistic.” It seems that he wasn’t sufficiently indoctrinated to blindly worship the establishment institutions that have routinely failed us. Brooks argued that “for society to function well, there have to be basic levels of trust and cooperation, a respect for institutions and deference to common procedures.”

This is backward. It’s the institutions that need to demonstrate respect for the public they allegedly serve. If Snowden or any other American is skeptical of institutional power, it is not due to any personal failing on their part. The lack of respect is a direct outgrowth of the bad behavior of the nation’s institutions, behavior that has undermined Americans’ trust in them. According to Gallup’s “confidence in institutions” poll, trust is at an historic low, with Congress clocking in at a 13 percent approval rating in 2012. Yes, this is the same Congress that has “oversight” of the government spying programs.

Read the whole thing; it's so worth it: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/14/the-sickeni...

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Hurray for Snowden, a true American hero!

Down with Brooks, Cohen, Feinstein, Graham, McCain -- our enemies within!

Apparently both branches of the Nationalist Socialists . . .

party , D and R - - - speak with one voice when found violating the US Constitution.
(Not defending it as you swore to do . . . is a violation & a betrayal.)

First they ignore you

then they laugh at you, then they try to fight you, then you win. Love, Ghandi.

Go Snowden.

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That was

an excellent read, imo. I especially liked this:

"...He (Snowden) clearly understands something that those screaming "traitor" do not: the allegiance we have as Americans is to the Constitution, not the institution of government..."

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Wow!

Wonderful article. Go Kirsten! Keep up the good work.

I'm not her biggest fan

but there are times when I am right on board with her. This is one of those times.

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Congress:

Bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Each state should have individual term limits.

Fantastic Article!

There have been some supurb editorials written by a number of people I have never heard of this week.

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Thank you

I was just about to post this.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.