Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This is What an American Hero Looks Like



"Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten -- and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state.”
       -Edward Snowden

So what will you decide to do? Are you going to contact those worthless rascals who purport to represent us and share your righteous anger, or will you ignore it? Go about your business, pretending that this issue doesn't affect you, or that it's not really that serious? Allen Roland discusses that mindset today. He reminds us of the great book by Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free, which examines the German populace in the years between 1933-1945.

Mayer's book explains how gradually fascism can creep in unnoticed, when a population is being convinced that the ongoing loss of freedoms is necessary to accept, in the name of security:  “In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D..."

Normon Solomon says,  "In Washington, where the state of war and the surveillance state are one and the same, top officials have begun to call for Edward Snowden’s head. His moral action of whistleblowing -- a clarion call for democracy -- now awaits our responses.

After nearly 12 years of the “war on terror,” the revelations of recent days are a tremendous challenge to the established order: nonstop warfare, intensifying secrecy and dominant power that equate safe governance with Orwellian surveillance."

We can choose to respond, to act, and to finally stop the eradication of the civil liberties that were the core of this country once upon a time. Or, we can collectively go back to the hundred-plus distractions that comprise the American version of bread and circuses. And leave future generations a nightmare. No, I'm not being dramatic. This is the choice we need to make now, this year. The time is now, to face the fact that nothing in this country is going to get better unless we absolutely insist it does, and refusing to take no for an answer. That means being willing to show up, and backing up our words with action.

Are you in?

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“The most common way people give up their power 
is by thinking they don’t have any.” 
~ Alice Walker

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4 Comments:

Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

The Pasto and the Anti-Pasto at the Apocalypse Cafe.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I'm in.

Here's another excellent commentary by Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig. With America deep in the throes of a sickness where everything, and everybody, is for sale to the highest bidder, he writes about one American who is not.

Yes, I agree, Edward Snowden is what an American hero really looks like.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Dredd said...

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit.

One interesting factoid of the suit is that the NSA is a component of the military.

So the private data of hundreds of millions of Americans is going to the military (MOMCOM is in on it).

A small donation could help the ACLU in this.

Take a look at the complaint:
ACLU vs. Clapper, Alexander, Hagel, Holder, and Mueller

12:03 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Thanks for these links, Jeff and Dredd!

8:33 PM  

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