America Not a Nation of Sheep of After All!

Mindswing on Snowden, US foreign policy and the NSA.

A major mind-shift is finally underway! Now, a majority of registered voters in the U.S. consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released yesterday.

55% percent take Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, and in a massive shift of attitudes since 2010, 45% of voters now say that the US has gone too far in too far restricting civil liberties in the name of anti-terrorism and defines. In 2010, 63% said the US hasn't gone far enough to adequately protect the country… meaning that a significant chunk of Americans are beginning to seriously reevaluate and critique all that the government has gone since 2010 in trying to prevent future terrorist incidents.

“The change in public attitudes has been extraordinary, almost across the board and obviously not just related to the revelation of the phone-scanning program, given all that has transpired since 2010,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Yet it would be naive to see these numbers as anything but evidence of a rethinking by the public about the tradeoffs between security and freedom.”

The tides are changing. This whole whistleblower affair – from Manning to Assange to Snowden – is morphing into something much larger. Americans – Republicans and Democrats equally – are finally starting to wake up to the fact that their rights and privacy are being stripped away; and that the tradeoff between freedom and security should be something We The People have a say in.

For more details on this National Poll, check out the findings published by Quinnipac University.

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Those numbers don't mean shit. In between royal baby blabber, half of this country is still grumbling for Snowden's immediate arrest.


You're headline reads "America Not a Nation of Sheep OF After All!"

Am I missing something? Or is it a typo? Not like I care.


Good on Snowden for shining a light into some dark corners. Kind of ironic, however, that his politics is of the right-wing "libertarian" variety. Getting rid of the government and the state and letting for-profit companies and corporations run *everything* will end in tears much as communism did in the late-1980s.

We're well on our way to a totalitarian corporatocracy as it is...with plenty of SOMA to go round to keep the people docile and obedient. But, hey, if Facebook, Google, Apple etc. are tracking you and data-mining every last scrap of info they can that's okay 'cause they're not the government (but they ARE cooperating fully with the NSA...oops) and you can always, like, opt out. Right? Simple!

Meanwhile the market economy has become a market society, and I think things are going to get a lot worse for a lot of people before they start getting better.

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