Another brutal truth I learned while I was doing hardball politics:
The best slaves of all are those who believe they are free.
Well Tom...I believe I am free,,,and I have no complaints...So if this is what slavery is then I am all for it......I have had a successful career, I own my own home, I drive a nice car, and I am able to spend my winters in Florida.....If that is the life of a slave..then we slaves are doing ok......
And yet, F31, you repeat yourself so often.
Tom...... If that is my worst fault I can live with it......
fwiw, I see Snowden as an authentic whistle blower, not as part of a conspiracy to acclimate us to the controlled release of information. It's a thought that I didn't have before, but it doesn't strike me as plausible as the idea that he's just what he presents.
As to what I think overall about Snowden, I guess I have mixed views.
Hi Future - please re-read what I wrote. I did not say (or imply) "implausible".
FUTURE.....Do you honestly believe our government is trying to subvert us? What horrible deeds have they committed against you? I do agree that some in government have overstepped, and they need to be dismissed. However, to say `our government' is at fault because of a few irrational employees is a bit much....The terrorism boogeyman is real......Remember 9/11?........We live in a dangerous world and it is getting much more difficult for our government to protect us..........All of us, who have nothing to fear, should be able to tolerate a little loss in freedom if it means some bad guys planning to terrorize us can be caught before anything happens.....If the government wants to read my boring e-mails so be it......It would probably put them to sleep anyway....From what I understand..the government is only looking for code words that could mean trouble for us, and not actually reading our personal e-mails outright........