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View Diary: To my fellow Obamab*ts - Snowden/Greenwald bashing is Missing the Point (318 comments)

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    it just hasn't been the most salient issue for me.  

    It still isn't the most important thing to me in the scheme of really important things, and that gets me smacked here.

    My career is about sustainability.  As soon as James Watt started spouting off, that's what I've been interested in.  Before it was called "sustainability".

    In my mind that has always been the most important thing:  healthy air, access to clean drinking water, saving animals and habitats, reducing/recycling, keeping the planet alive, planting and hugging trees . . .

    I work in the industry, it's important that we impart the concept of stewardship in the kids that are inheriting the planet from us.

    To me, if we don't do that, the rest of it eventually won't matter at all.

    A lot of things affect us, and I can't give all of them the same degree of focus or outrage or energy.  

    It doesn't mean I never cared before.  Do you remember Ashcroft's Total Information Awareness?  I was in high school when we saw what Nixon was doing.  Others here experienced COINTELPRO first hand or their families did.  The questions have been asked.  Now it's laid out and it's time to get serious about addressing it.

    I must disagree with you on one major thing, though.

    I don't think there's a person here at Dkos who thinks this is an issue only because we now have a black President.  Half of the arguments around here are accusation that some of us don't take it seriously enough because we like the President so much.  I do agree there has been too much Obama rage going on.  

    But it doesn't matter who the president is.  Presidents come and go, but the NSA is forever.  

    Focus on that.

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