Edward Snowden, the famous whistle-blower of the whole “The-NSA-is-spying-on-you” debacle, released a statement on Wikileaks on July 1. It was quite a good, thought-provoking read, and I encourage you all to read it.
I proudly tip my hat to Mr. Snowden. He has done something absolutely incredible just by revealing what should have been revealed from the beginning (Or not done in the first place — I vote that one). But the most awesome part of Mr. Snowden’s statement is the marvelous truth he uncovers:The Obama administration doesn’t fear Snowden; he fears us, the “informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised.”
And what a glorious truth to be presented to us! For we remember Thomas Jefferson’s words, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Last week we celebrated Independence Day. It’s more than a time to shoot off some fireworks and drink a little too much; it’s a day to remember the fearless leaders of our country’s past that fought hard in the name of liberty. It’s a time to take up the modern fight for liberty and take back what is ours! We have a God-given right to life, liberty, and property (or pursuit of happiness, for those who don’t prefer Locke), and we should not let it be taken away lightly.
For YAL activists especially, keep Snowden’s words in mind. The Obama administration fears you.
Rejoice that we are finally close to obtaining liberty from a tyrannical, out-of-control government. Support local candidates who support personal liberty, and get out and protest those who don’t. This country is ours, and we’ve been given a big burst of energy from a man who’s risked his life for our sake.
And as we realize this, take time to look at the hard work that you’ve done come to light. You’re just as deserving of the thanks that Edward Snowden deserves, because we’re all joining together (not forcibly) for the sake of leaving each other alone.
God bless America, man.Published in