I’ve always felt grateful and admiring toward Snowden and Manning, but also felt they were too young to be wise. Since then I’ve decided that either I was wrong to begin with, or their tribulations have tempered and strengthened them.
From the video, Snowden: “We have moved into a time when people care much more deeply about feelings than they do about facts, and this is a dangerous moment for democracies, because people believe that, once we have achieved and established a free and open society, that it will remain that way and always be there. But the reality is that things can backslide very quickly, and we have seen democracies fall in just a matter of a few years.”
As we acquiesce in or even cry out for the erosion of the Bill of Rights, and I hope liberals as well as conservatives will heed Snowden’s warning.
Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.