I Still Think Edward Snowden Is An American Hero
Bill Quick

2013: The Year Defiance of the State Became Cool – Reason.com

In years past, government officials would have counted on the
public to boo and hiss at Snowden on command. You’re not supposed
to spill the government’s secrets to the world at large.

But Americans are horrified by those secrets—published revelations of NSA
snooping have helped drive public revulsion at “big government” to
record high levels
. Snowden himself gets more of a split
decision, but over a third of people tell Reason-Rupe that
what he did makes him a patriot
(with even higher support for
him among younger Americans). That’s almost equal to the percentage
of respondents who give him a thumbs-down. Those would have been
unthinkable numbers in a different era.

And if powerbrokers in D.C. want to call Snowden a “traitor,”
lawmakers
on the outs with the leadership have been moved by
his actions to try to curtail the surveillance state.

Yes, yes, I know that some of you disagree with me, even some of my libertarian friends.  I don’t care.  Snowden ripped the rotten scab from the oozing, pustulent, cancerous heart Security State of America, and if that be treason, then I want more of it.

We live in a burgeoning tyranny.  People talk about that all the time, but Snowden actually did something about it.  I salute him.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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