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The predictable smearing of Edward Snowden has begun. He, of course, is the young man who spoke truth to power – and the rest of us – by revealing the massive electronic surveillance the National Security Agency has been doing here in the land of the free and home of the brave.
But before the government goons, lackeys and apologists continue their campaign to discredit Snowden, they might want consider what we could say about many thousands of people who hold government power, including people at the very top of government, starting with President Barack H. Obama, who has admitted smoking dope and snorting cocaine during his youth. This was criminal conduct.
Or the president before him, George W. Bush, whose wife Laura revealed to Oprah Winfrey her husband was a drunk until after a “wild drunken weekend” to celebrate his 40th birthday. “We had the wild drunken weekend and it was no different from any other weekend,” Bush told Oprah. This was boorish and loutish and possibly illegal conduct depending on the circumstances. And it lasted until Bush was 40 years old.
Or the president before him, William J. Clinton, whose tenure in office included canoodling with a White House intern named Monica S. Lewinsky even though he was married to Hillary R. Clinton, and who laughably admitted to smoking dope in his youth but not inhaling. This was immoral, boorish, loutish and illegal conduct.
So go ahead. Tell us about how, when Snowden was a teen, he clownishly dropped his pants to reveal his boxer shorts, and about his pretty pole-dancing girlfriend, and about him dropping out of high school.
How does that stuff stack up against smoking dope, snorting cocaine, decades of drunken binges, and adultery?
And if Snowden really had no business having such power and access to information, what does that say about the government officials who let him have it?
Do you smearers of Snowden really want to play this game?