It’s ironic that Edward Snowden has blown the whistle on the National Security Administration (NSA) for eavesdropping on fellow Americans and then he ducks out to Hong Kong (China) and Russia, two of America’s long-time adversaries, who would love nothing more than to get their hands on Snowden’s information.
And they probably have. Snowden could really “show America up” by divulging information that could hurt not only individuals in this country but our national security as well.
Another twist in this ongoing saga is that both Democrats and Republicans have condemned Snowden for his actions, which might not justify invading the privacy of American citizens to many critics, but does indicate the importance of NSA’s surveillance programs to national security.
The New England Patriots dropped all-star tight end Aaron Hernandez like a hot potato following his arrest last Wednesday for the murder of Olin Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was found near Hernandez’s home several days prior to his arrest. Hernandez was charged with first degree murder and five other gun-related charges and a prosecutor in court said it was an “execution-style” murder. I’m sure we’ll learn much more about this case as it drags out. The former Florida Gator, who was a key contributor to the Patriot offense ... and well compensated for his talents ... has made some bad decisions in his lifetime and now they’ve caught up with him.
No one is above the law.
I don’t blame the Patriots. Even though Hernandez is innocent until proven guilty, why be involved in his personal problems? It’s not worth the negativity. They can find another tight end. And Hernandez, who has probably ruined his life forever regardless of the outcome of this case; he will become a pariah that no one wants to touch.
On a lighter subject, Happy July 4th! This All-American holiday is a time to celebrate our freedoms and be thankful that we live in such a great country. It may not be perfect but I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be.
Our Founding Fathers were a pretty shrewd bunch to draft some rather important documents. The Declaration of Independence started a revolution that freed us from our oppressors and set us on a path of prosperity that we’ve enjoyed for 237 years. The US Constitution spelled out a democratic government that we still basically live by today.
I like the way Patrick Henry described our Constitution the best: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government...”
This brings to mind another privilege we Americans enjoy ... the right to vote. If we exercise this right, we can keep our government(s) in line. Voting reflects a majority’s wishes.
So celebrate this Independence Day for all the things that are good about America. We have plenty.