Thoughts on ‘Patriotism’ – and thoughts on Mr. Snowden…

Now we must use the words ‘patriot’ and ‘patriotism’ with a bit of caution…and when we hear it, with a grain of salt.

Along with such terms like ‘American’ (as in, ‘it’s the American thing to do’) – we now must be careful. Most would say that such terms imply pride in one’s country, but now it is being tainted by political officials.

It’s a detail in such novels like Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged or George Orwell’s 1984 – in the context of ‘patriotic duty’ and so on. But now we see that things are jumping off the pages of fiction and into reality. Who saw Kooky Kerry’s response to Mr. Snowden’s NBC interview? Well, here’s the most disturbing part:

Kerry: “He should come back. That’s what a patriot would do. A patriot would not run away and look for refuge in Russia or Cuba or some other country. A patriot would stand up and make his case to the American People…”

First of all, is anyone fooled? The American people listen very well but unfortunately, the government (the real problem here) isn’t all ears. It seems like their minds have been made up.

Secondly, now, what is the real meaning of ‘patriotism’? Is it doing what is best for freedom and country (even if it is contrary to the law) or does it mean blind obedience to the all knowing government? I’ll allow you to answer that.

While we are here I want to make a few brief comments on Mr. Snowden himself. I think we all know what the real problem here is. Mr. Snowden did not compromise American lives. He did not give information to any enemies, at least that we know of. He brought attention to the mass NSA spying – something that was already known but never addressed. Never addressed by the Republicans because of Bush’s involvement, never addressed by the Democrats because of Obama’s involvement.

But Snowden came along and brought mainstream attention to it (quite an accomplishment in itself – mainstream attention on something important, for once!) He not only questioned the will and whims of our government, but encouraged others to do so. And that, friends, is what the problem is.

Always ready to hear your comments.


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