I don’t know about you, but hearing about all these government scandals just makes my head wanna explode.

Polls overwhelmingly show Americans are distrustful of their government.  The two-party political system in America has become corrupt.  It would appear that politicians, be they Democrat or Republican, can be moved for a price – special interest groups see to that.  The general disdain for taxpayers in Washington DC is on full parade for all to see.

I’m of the opinion it wouldn’t take much for the tea party to become disenfranchised with the Republican establishment and venture out on their own.

Then there’s the Libertarian Party.  Many don’t take them seriously at all, but they believe in maximum freedom and minimum Government.  That message is beginning to resonate with many, no matter what their political affiliation may be.

There’s a reason Gary Johnson ran the most successful Libertarian campaign in the party’s history in 2012.  The two-term governor pulled the most votes for any Libertarian presidential candidate in history, over one million, or 1% of the vote in the 2012 election.  A widely held view is the Libertarian Party cost the GOP at least nine national races in 2012.

You might wonder, will the current political system in America ever change?  I believe the Fulcrum Used to Leverage Public Opinion, the tipping point, was the revelation that the United States Government is spying on its own people revealed by Edward Snowden.

In 2004, Snowden enlisted in the United States Army as a Special Forces recruit but didn’t complete the training.  He said he wanted to fight in the Iraq War because “I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression.” However, he said he was discharged shortly thereafter for having broken both legs in a training accident.

In 2008, Snowden said he voted for third-party candidates.  For the 2012 election, political donation records indicate he contributed to the primary campaign of Ron Paul.

Snowden, 29, is a former technical contractor and CIA employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who leaked details of classified NSA mass surveillance programs to the press.  Snowden said the leaks were an effort “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”

Disclosures by Snowden confirmed longstanding suspicions that NSA’s surveillance in this country is far more intrusive than we knew.

On June 21, 2013, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified intelligence with an unauthorized person; the latter two allegations amount to espionage.

Edward Snowden said: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end.  I don’t want to live in a society that does those sort of things.  I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.”

Snowden uncovered questionable activities that those in power would rather have kept secret.  He’s revealed the colossal scale of the U.S. government’s eavesdropping on Americans.  He exposed a web of surveillance where all communications, public and private, are being stored in a government database for later use, and when it’s used against the people there’s no recourse.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said: “If it’s the case that the federal government is seizing millions of personal records about law-abiding citizens, and if it’s the case that there are minimal restrictions on accessing or reviewing those records, then I think Mr. Snowden has done a considerable public service by bringing it to light.”

Many in society, despite their political sway, agree with the Senator and it was recently revealed the ACLU will sue the Obama Administration over that issue of NSA surveillance.

Some think Snowden is a traitor, I don’t, he’s a whistleblower and anyone who steps out of the shadows of deception these days to speak the truth is often labeled a villain by the perpetrators of the wrongdoing.  Whistle-blowing is the moral response to immoral activity concerning those abusing power.

A current television series, “Person of Interest,” is one that features a machine, built by a genius, that knows things about everyone, and the government wants to get its hands on it – fiction you say, or be it reality, you decide.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.    

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