Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Mon Jun 10 10:25:48 MDT 2013

On 06/10/2013 09:32 AM, keith smith wrote:
> I have to ask if the Tea Party was right and once they get into
> government they try to correct the gov, what is wrong with that?
> Are you saying we still need some level of evasiveness, over taxing,
> redistribution of wealth, the nanny state mentality?

Government secrecy may in fact be important sometimes, but without
proper oversight, it will always lead to problems, and we're seeing the
consequences of this now (Patriot Act!).

What makes you think you are over-taxed right now?  Taxes are the lowest
they've been in the US for decades.  In fact they are lower than during
the Clinton era, where the economy was actually doing very well.

As for a nanny state, far right folks are indeed funny on this one.
They want the government to stay out of their business, except when a
tornado comes, or when gays want to marry, or to get tough on crime.  By
that comment I am not saying I support criminals or gay marriage. Just
pointing out the difficulty of this part of the Tea Party's position.

> Simply the Tea Party is about smaller gov, less intrusive gov, less
> taxes, God given freedom, the rule of law (U.S.Constitution), and
> being self-reliant.

Except that they define freedom very narrowly.  As long as I choose to
exercise my freedom in a way that they agree with, that's what freedom
is.  If I want freedom from being destroyed by cancer treatment, or
freedom from being uninsured, well, that's completely different.  And
whose interpretation of the Constitution?  Their position is just as
problematic as any political party's position today.

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