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.
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.