“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it". George OrwellSubmitted by barracuda_trader on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 04:38
Bradley Manning Avoids Most Serious Charge, Still Facing Lifetime With His Kidnappers
[The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick.]
Yesterday, Private Bradley Manning was charged and faces "up to" 136 years in a cage for being someone Thomas Jefferson would consider a patriot. Considering the world's oldest person died at 116 years old last month it is quite clearly a life sentence. For myself, at 42, I consider anything more than 10 years a life sentence. Not that I couldn't still have fun at 52... but a lot less fun with a lot more viagra.
The most poignant part of it was that I didn't even hear of it until hours after the sentencing. When a hispanic-white man got into an altercation in Florida my CIABook wall was filled with hours and days of vitriol. When a man who tried to show war crime atrocities to the world was kidnapped and killed (life sentence) there was barely a peep. And, of the peeps on the mainstream media comments section it was mostly one of euphoria.
But, perhaps George Orwell put it best.
“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
While I think Thomas Jefferson was a reasonable and decent man (slave raping aside), I think two of the murderers on Mt. Rushmore should be resculpted. Manly, bigoted, warmongering imperialist, Theodore Rosevelt, and the mass murderer and fascist, Abraham Lincoln, should be resculpted into the image of Bradley Manning... and now, perhaps, Edward Snowden. Certainly, given the evidence, Thomas Jefferson wouldn't object to this renovation.