Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A little rebellion

At Investors Business Daily, the editors there express a belief  Edward Snowden is a traitor for outing secret NSA spying programs.

But in reality, Snowden's actions, based on what we know at this point, might be more accurately described as what Thomas Jefferson described as "a little rebellion":

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." Jefferson went on to say, "It is a medecine [sic] necessary for the sound health of government."

Investors Business Daily is critical of Snowden, saying his actions went against legally enacted law. So too were American colonists in violation of properly enacted law when they rebelled against a tea tax.

It is the nature of government to overstep its bounds if allowed to continue on its own path unchecked. For government to remain good in the long run, people of integrity must step forward from time to time in the spirit of Jeffersonian rebellion.

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