Over the past few years, we have seen whistleblowing showing the corruption of the US government going back to at least the days of Bush I, including proof of the Glaspie memo, where the US government deliberately baited Saddam Hussein into attacking Kuwait in order to begin the First Gulf War of 1990.
Other dirty deeds uncovered include poor decision-making with regard to attacking civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan; the reckless, criminal, and disgustingly unconstitutional behavior of the NSA; and the use of trade agreements to pressure other countries into choosing Microsoft and Monsanto products.
The faction of Americans who support imprisonment and/or death of people such as Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden are veterans and older Americans. Their emphasis on patriotism and national defense tends to lead them into supporting Washington on such matters.
These whistleblowers give an image which is sure to turn the older generations off – they tend to be younger. “Angry young men”, who tend to be apathetic, selfish, unpatriotic, lack religion and morality, and overdosed with iDistractions. Assange is in his early 40s, and Manning and Snowden are in their 20s.
What we need are people who have retired from government jobs, and those who are veterans of the military, to be the whistleblowers in our country. Older Americans need to be shown that they – the patriotic and moral – are the main victims of the Washington establishment.
The US government has done a far better job attacking freedom than it has done attacking terrorism. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what political or religious beliefs you hold – the government is watching everyone and taking names. Let’s make whistleblowing look more like the patriotism it truly is.
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