The good, the bad, and the fucking clueless.

Got my nose tweaked today.  Telling kids that they shouldn’t look up to sports figures and entertainers (no argument here) but should look up instead to Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Manning I have a little respect for.  You decide it’s necessary to break the law to do the right thing, you take your lumps for it.  That’s what civil disobedience is about.  Accepting that when morals and legalities clash, it’s the fact that you did the right thing that is your salvation, not any hope of reprieve from the powers that be.  Plenty people of conscience have suffered imprisonment and walked out all the stronger for it.

Snowden stinks of an operative, someone who was sent into the system to sabotage it, then flee from the natural consequences of his actions.  He ran to Russia and China, two nations on Earth with systemic human rights violations that make many of ours look like mere bad judgement rather than a concerted effort to fuck people over.

For those who want to put them on the same pedestal?  It’s well known what Snowden thought of Manning, before he went and did basically the same thing.

And the revelation that the government was spying on us?  NOT A FUCKING REVELATION.  Anyone who didn’t know that after the Telecom immunity vote in ’06 is a moron.  I knew.  To be honest, I’ve always assumed as much.  I imagine I’m on a few watch lists, just because I take my 1st Amendment rights seriously and fuck ’em if they don’t like it.

Do we need to do something about it?  Yes.  But as long as 2/3 of the electorate doesn’t give a shit that they’re responsible for our government, regardless if they educate themselves or vote, we’re not going to.

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