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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • At least Snowden issue is raising the debate in America

  • There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the case involving Edward Snowden.
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  • There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the case involving Edward Snowden.
    Snowden is the person who leaked classified information which exposed the government program of monitoring phone calls, emails and social media sites.
    Currently, he's somewhere on the run, most likely in Russia and seeking asylum in Ecuador.
    The case has sparked some interesting debate around this country concerning classified information — or maybe more importantly what the government should consider classified.
    This is a major issue facing our society and something which will impact this nation for years to come.
    The controversy has sparked some interesting alliances when it comes to politics.
    And the reason is very simple.
    Many members of Congress were aware of the program so many of them are defending it staunchly, saying it keeps this country safe.
    Others, however, are very much opposed to the program and liken it to Big Brother and wonder where it might end up when it comes to the American people.
    These are very difficult issues to ponder, but the bottom line is some decisions have to be made. More importantly, those decisions should be made by the people of America, not the elected leaders.
    But that is where the problem comes to a head.
    Those in power would prefer to keep issues like this to themselves.
    The same can be said even in a rural place like Wayne County.
    We deal with it all of the time. Elected officials don't want the public to know their business. They insist upon formal records requests for routine information.
    And then when they give you what you asked for, it is anything but. They simply don't want you to know your own business.
    The parallels seem pretty clear when it comes to the national issues, as well.
    Those in charge love their ivory towers and they don't want to give it up — even though we are paying for them to live there.
    This country was built on the principle that it is for, by and of the people. But we, the people, are losing that concept. We are slowly slipping away from what the founders wanted and moving toward what the rich and powerful want, which is a slippery slope.
    How we can get back to where this country is supposed to be is anyone's guess. It should start with our elected officials, but that doesn't seem to be working out very well.
    What it is really going to take is for people on the grass roots level to quit complaining and become those elected officials. It's the only way anything can change.
    Page 2 of 2 - So whether or not you agree with what Snowden did in releasing documents, the one good thing which seems to be coming out of this is a debate is taking place.
    That is what the founders wanted.
     
     
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