by Joe Keck
That, along with The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights is the basis for our God-given . . . wait a minute. No, that’s not right.
Oh but it is – at least according to Dick Cheney, John Boehner and Diane Feinstein, among others.
The Republican House leader called whistle blower Edward Snowden a ‘traitor’ for coming forward with claims of Government spying on our private phone and internet exchanges (I wonder if he called Bill Clinton a traitor for demonstrating against America while on foreign soil – a textbook definition of a traitor).
While campaigning for President, Obama proudly and boldly declared that ‘Big Brother-ism’ will be a thing of the past (#13) when he gets into the White House.
“No more illegal wire-tapping of American Citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”
Edward Snowden should be Barack Obama’s BFF (best federal friend). Instead, The Commander in Chief is trying to throw him in jail for exposing “illegal wire-tapping of American Citizens” and “spy(ing) on citizens who re not suspected of a crime”.
Incidentally, after ACORN was caught aiding the pimping of underage girls, our President also declared that his relationship to ACORN was “straight forward” (#4) and that he had only some legal workings with them along side the US Justice department “13” years ago. But there is a video of him when he was a senator making another declaration.
“I’ve been . . . along side ACORN on issues that you care about my entire career.”
How about that lying Edward Snowden, huh?
Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, said that the Benghazi attack, which took four American lives, was due to a protest over a video. In fact, according to Tyrone woods, a Navy Seal and one of those killed in the attack, his father, Charles Woods, said that Hilary Clinton told him at the coming home ceremony that they would “prosecute that person who made the video”.
Of course, we now know that the whole ‘video story’ was nothing but a fabrication.
It’s all a vast right-wing conspiracy.
James Clapper, director of Obama’s national intelligence, denied to Congress that the NSA collected data on millions of Americans. Later he all but admitted he lied about that with some anfractuous obfuscation when interviewed by NBC.
But do we really need any of this? Are there any who honestly believe our Government would not dare hide nefarious information from the people or do anything Constitutionally questionable? I would venture forth that even those who would utter such a thing don’t truly believe it.
So why would they say it?
Why of course for the protection the ‘Institution’ that they have so solemnly sworn to uphold, honor, and defend, so help them God.
The above hyperbole isn’t so hyperbolic.
As we not-so-low-information voters know, they swore to uphold, honor, and defend the CONstitution of the United States, not the Institution of the Federal Government.
It would seem that there is a bit of confusion on the part of our good and honest leaders as to just what their roles as representatives of THE PEOPLE are supposed to be.
So when someone like Edward Snowden exposes such treasonous behavior as that of the NSA, what else would they do but try to shut him up? It is telling that Snowden felt the need to flee from his own country for protection from his own country. According to Snowden,
“The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.”
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men in Washington don’t agree. Nor do they apparently realize that The People’s trust of them (Government) is at an all-time low! A Pew research poll found that,
“nearly three-quarters (73%) say that they can trust government only some of the time, or volunteer that they can never trust the government.”
Joe Banister, former Internal Revenue Service agent, felt that it was his duty to report misconduct by the IRS to his superiors. That got him a right nice felony indictment from the US Federal authorities. He was eventually cleared of all charges, but only after years of fighting the INstitution of the United States of America and paying out over $100,000 in legal fees.
It was our Federal Government that enslaved black Americans, imprisoned innocent Japanese Americans, and raped many other Americans of their guaranteed Constitutional rights.
Government gave us genocide in Nazi Germany. Government gave us the Coliseums of ancient Rome, the lions and the Christians, King George, Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, the list goes on. It’s always been Government.
Government, far more than any individual or group the world has ever known, is the most notorious entity for the greatest number of inflictions of mass murder and oppression history has ever seen.
Our Founding Fathers knew that. That’s why they gave us protections against it. Those protections are known as the Founding Documents of The United States of America.
If the Federal Government wanted to, it could arrest you, set you up for a crime, even kill you, and it would be only you against the mighty and powerful State.
Do you have endless cash to defend yourself? The government does.
Do you have a bottomless pit of money to pay court costs and legal fees to prove your innocence? The Government does.
Do you have an army of lawyers with Harvard degrees and a battalion of interns to peruse every corner, nook, and cranny of our justice system to present the most powerful case for your side? Our Government does.
What are your odds of winning against such a terrifying and ominous machine as that?
The only way to fight such a strong INstitution as the Government is with a strong CONstitution for The People.
Those coming out against Snowden are claiming that he’s compromising our national security by his treasonous actions. They are saying we need such Federal phone and Internet intrusions into the lives of innocent Americans to keep us all safe from terrorist attacks (let us keep in mind they refused aid to our soldiers in Benghazi resulting their deaths).
Hmmm . . . let’s see what Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, thought about such an idea.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Hey Snowden, maybe you had better just hang a while, huh?