You Can’t Love America and Love Edward Snowden

the-nsa-has-no-idea-how-much-secret-data-edward-snowden-took-and-that-has-them-very-worriedAmerica is facing a terrible political and public relations situation today with the Edward Snowden affair. The political environment is sickening as Americans are actually debating whether to side with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who has been charged with espionage and other offenses.  The man shared military secrets – how could anyone patriotic who cares about America support this?

Some wrongly claim his motive should be considered.  Those concerned with Snowden’s motives should read page 229 of Ann Coulter’s book Treason, where she asks why so often “are liberals consumed with the assailant’s motive. How about: Until we understand why rapists would rather violently rape a woman than take her to dinner and a movie, we cannot respond to the crime of rape.” Naturally, the concept is repulsive — as is understanding, or justifying the motives of someone who shares top-secret government secrets.  Whether the government is right or wrong, our great republic must be protected.

Former President Bush used to say, “Liberals do not like me talking about liberals.”  And against the backdrop of the Snowden situation, let’s examine the words of liberal President Obama. It has been many years since America has been openly defied by foreign nations in such a high-profile, embarrassing way. Obama criticizing America, and apologizing for America’s behavior – regularly – broadcasts a weak American image to the world.  It allows an environment where China and Russia openly defy America, and so it should be no surprise that Putin will not extradite Snowden back to the U.S.

The Chinese and Russians can remind Obama when he said America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” He himself criticized America for acting unilaterally.  They can use Obama’s own words as a defense and encouragement for their actions.

Obama in 2009 said, “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.” Indeed, sometimes the ends do justify the means.  Obama continued with this program to protect America – and shouldn’t speak ill of policies necessary to protect this great country.

Similarly, in 2009 Obama also said:

I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world. And although, as you know, I always mistrust polls, international polls seem to indicate that you’re seeing people more hopeful about America’s leadership. I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.

All hot-air from Obama’s White House in retrospect, isn’t it? How’s that partnership going now?  Do these nations have any fear of America? As Ann Coulter wrote in Treason, “For fifty years, America’s foreign policy failures have not been problems of “national dialogue” or “preventative” action or the national psyche. There is one simple problem: Democrats can’t handle foreign policy.” World nations are openly defying and disrespecting America. Awful.

On November 30, 2011, Obama said, “America is great not just because we’re powerful, but also because we have a set of values that the world admires … We don’t just think about what’s good for us, but we’re also thinking about what’s good for the world … That’s what makes us exceptional.”

President Obama was wrong — America is exceptional because America is a superior country. A superior, Western democracy.  And that is the right answer – not a global village, but an American village with uniquely American values and American interests to worry about.  Do you love your children more than your neighbor’s children and think of their best interests before other kids’ best interests? Do the same with your country.

The controversy over Snowden is a major embarrassment for the United States. It is an awful situation on so many fronts from which many lessons will be learned before all is said and done.  As a Public Relations executive who earns his living counseling executives on messaging and the meaning of words, I hope amongst the lessons learned is that the President of the United States of America no longer spends time criticizing this great republic, sending a weak image worldwide.

P.S.: Could anyone doubt that if Snowden did this when Bush was President of the United States, all the media would say he is a hero?

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  • Nikkoli David

    Constitution: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

    The Supreme Court has interpreted this to mean that no one can commit treason unless it’s with a country against whom our Congress has declared war. This means that neither the Vietnam War nor the Korean War nor the War on Terror can yieldtreasonous Americans, as none of these wars were declared by Congress. The last declared war was World War II and the last American convicted of treason was Tomoya Kawakita, who helped the Japanese in WWII and was convicted in 1952.

    trai·tor [trey-ter]
    a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
    a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.

    So who thinks Snowden is a traitor and who thinks he is a whistleblower?

    • defcon 4

      Considering the state of the union, I’d never vote to convict Snowden of anything. He has exposed the federal government for the corrupt dung heap it is. A corrupt dung heap that delights in violating it’s oath to uphold the US Constitution at every turn.

  • coolfoolagain

    Government is the domestic enemy. Snowden is a patriot for exposing the police state.

  • Adam

    Snowden was more than just a traitor he is a double agent who has been stealing national secrets for years. How many more Snowdens are hiding in plain sight. Obama cannot smooth talk his way through this disgrace. America is officially the laughing stock of the world, particularly because our own citizens consider this traitor a hero. Everyone has been drinking the coolade.

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      Where’s your proof he was a double agent and “stealing” secrets for years? Do you even know the depth of information he presented is just a top layer, one that many if the know were very much aware of. Ever heard of Echelon? Carnivore? What information he presented was already known, he just updated the new name for the program and the matrix that it affected (basically everyone).

      Perhaps some reading is in store for you Adam, and a packet of “Kool Aid”, I recommend grape.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Is it not plausible that in his sincere desire to play “whistle blower” that he was duped by America’s enemies?

        He’s as much a whistle blower as Julian Assange. They both believe their own BS. Whether our government has gotten too intrusive is a separate discussion and truly Snowden did not expose anything new. Perhaps to the public at large.

        But really, try to avoid declaring anything as absolutely good or absolutely bad enough you’ve got strong enough evidence to do so. Snowden ran to China and Russia. You’re going to have to deal with that before you declare him to be a non-traitorous hero.

    • defcon 4

      You empty accusations remind me of 1984 (or Lenin’s USSR, or Stalin’s USSR, or Castro’s Cuba), in which “traitors” are demonized before they’re disappeared.

  • The Dead Critic

    I hope Obama get’s trashed in the liberal owned press the next 3 years. Right after he takes that multi-million dollar vacation on the tax payers dime again. Serves the liberal mafia right….or is that left?!

  • DebRollin

    These are the leaders in charge, man have we slipped in electing no accounts to office…no wonder Russia and China do not take O seriously and defy and make fun of him.

  • ReyR

    Just another fact to accept, part of the phase. Before and immediately after the USSR collapsed back in 91, we here in Russia were amazed at a veritable army of traitors and turncoats. 20 years on, most of them are either dead of frustration or drag yeast-like existence someplace far. At the time, they seemed lethal and important, now we know they were just greedy scum or romantic idiots. Chill out, guys, America will survive, I believe in your people, but you do need change of government. When my nation crashed and sank in the 90s, we were desperate, but life now is better than 20 years ago, and I believe US citizens will be able to say just that a score years from now. Bite the bullet and live, just to spite the bastards, things are going to sort out soon enough. Merely a phase in your national history. Something to tell your grandson.


    Real Americans want to bring back the old days when you had right wing death squads dispensing justice.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Let me put it as gently and politely as I can. Snowden is a true hero. We need a dozen more like him in the State Department and the DOJ and the White House to obtain proof of their perjury and criminal behavior and put them away for good. Snowden gave up an excellent income and easy job because he had a conscience. He caused no security harm to the country even though Obama’s puppets are screaming that this is so. On most matters I’ll listen to opposing views. In this case I won’t. Those who call Snowden a traitor or the like are either total idiots of hypocrites and frauds.

  • Jsjk

    I think Snowden is a Leftist. I suspect both the Russians and Chinese now have access to a wealth of top-secret information which damages the security of the United States. (We’ll have to wait and see to discover just how much Snowden despises the United States).

    • J.M. Becker

      1. He’s a center right wing libertarian, MAYBE you could argue Centrist Libertarian…. but nothing he advocates is left-wing.

      2. Neither China, nor Russia, are leftist systems. Historically you can say they had their leftwing aspects, but both were knee high in conflicting interests, and never remotely represented any leftist ideal. Real leftists like Trotsky, who Lenin called the best example of bolshevism, was killed by a pick-axe to the head…. Stalin had him murdered, obviously it wasn’t pro-leftism that motivated that assassination.

      3. Leftism doesn’t require totalitarianism, nor does it necessitate an invasive government. It can include aspects of heavy statism, but statism isn’t leftism… just as libertarianism isn’t rightism. Left/right, and State/Individual aren’t exclusive in anyway, they are only related by method and intention.

      4. Anarchism is to Communism, as Libertarianism is to Fascism… In other words, they are not similar in their character by any stretch. It’s the libertarianism that both Snowden, Rand, Wyden, and Chomsky share, but all of which are definitely on different ends of the right/left spectrum.

  • Shin-Yi Chu

    snowden is a hero!

  • Patricia Eggett

    The liar in office gives our money and weapons to rapist, cannibal moslems, (Morsi and Syria) without our vote or consent or any concern for our future. We have lost our pride like our jobs and any hope for our children’s future (student loans). Snowden told the truth and that seems to have so many consequences.

  • Dave

    I’m in the middle on this situation, but this article is biased trash.

  • Richard L Bittner

    You have no business calling your self any American. You have no credible understanding of the Bill of Rights. The country would greatly benefit from your absence. You and other facist morons like you, should simply leave as quickly as possible.

  • 00000

    Hey Ronn Torossian, does the government pay you to cry for them?