Meditations of a christizen (christian-citizen)upon today's topics.
It is most ironic that Edward Snowden would get asylum from Russia, a nation that has zero history or association with transparency or democracy. The neo soviet government in place today holds on to the communist legacy established by the likes of Nikita Kruschev and Joseph Stalin and their kind. However, the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) whistle blower Edward Snowden has found refuge in the land of Siberian labor camps.
Pardon this 'Word Courier' pundit (me) of his ignorance, but isn't the point of American security to defend us from undemocratic forces such as those who advocate the violent overthrow of the government and dare I say it, the type of governments inclined to spy on all of their citizens? With that in mind, I try to untangle the whole spygate mess.
I must admit that I don't have all the answers or for that matter all the information. Still, in the wake of the President's sudden cancellation of a planned meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, some things have become clear. Among these are the following:
- Edward Snowden exposed certain practices with regard to the N.S.A. that proved embarrassing to our government.
- It appears that he violated his employment contract as concerning matters of confidentiality.
- He may or may not have endangered American security. I admit this is still not clear to me even as I take on the role as word courier.
- Although Edward Snowden doesn't quite reach heroic status, he did something that somewhere along the way, had to be done.
The desire or mere tendency for the Government to violate the privacy of all Americans, even those who are not suspected of wrong doing, is somewhat frightening to me. This displays a characteristic that is endemic of totalitarian societies. We must be careful not to become what we are fighting against. It's unfortunate about Nietzsche's ( Friedrich) ignorance of God as alive and still living. He would then know that the Lord knows better than any that "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster."
Jesus instructed us to " bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" (see Matthew 5:44 KJV) He said that in this way people will show they are the sons of the Holy Father. Of course, this doesn't mean we do not defend ourselves but it does indicate that we don't stoop to the enemies tactics. We must be careful lest we become the enemy.