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View Diary: David Brooks channels all of the Beltway down onto Edward Snowden's head (181 comments)

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  •  I Could Tell You, But Then... (4+ / 0-)

    I'm glad I didn't have to read the entirety of Brooks' article and thank Hunter for taking that bullet for the rest of us.  Like another commenter on this post, I can't help but think back to Daniel Ellsberg.  A war hero and a key architect of the Vietnam war, he had a crisis of conscience while watching another purportedly moralistic, anti-social young man burn his draft card and risk jail to protest what Ellsberg himself had helped perpetuate.  Rather than simply trot over to whoever was the 60's equivalent of Brooks and get some much needed reassurance of need for the bonds of authoritative government and society, Ellsberg enlisted his young daughter to smuggle the Pentagon Papers out of the CIA and into the hands of a media which actually dared to publish inconvenient truths.  Two wonderful things happened as a result -- the public began to learn what in fact was motivating our government in its ill-advised, profit-driven escapades in Southeast Asia which may in fact have turned the tide of that war and ultimately saved lives, and, of course, our Supreme Court which was not yet in the thrall of neocons and porn obsessors issued an opinion solidifying and fortifying our First Amendment rights.  I don't know where Snowden will fall as the decades pass, but I damn sure know where Brooks will fall -- right next to the rest of the hand-wringing over-reactionary nervous nellies who think the Constitution is something to be admired in a museum rather than the ultimate social and political construct equally binding upon and available to you, me, Mr. Snowden and David Brooks, notwithstanding his staggering ignorance of that fact.

    •  I call them "Nervous Ninnies" (0+ / 0-)

      for two reasons:

      1) it's even more insulting

      2) it doesn't risk insulting anybody except, well, nervous ninnies. :-D

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:37:03 PM PDT

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