Mandrake the Congressman

These days American government is all just a magician’s show, nothing but slight of hand and misdirection.

That’s only to be expected. For years Congress, the Presidency, Wall Street and about everyone else who holds the real keys to ownership in this country has been maintaining the illusion that you and I, who have nothing but a borrowed pot to piss in, are actually the owners of this great land and that the government works for us.

Smoke, mirrors and again misdirection.

Right now they have us following two threads of the Edward Snowden saga. The first has us following him in his flight to nowhere, as he seeks to escape the long arm of U.S. justice for being dastardly and putting the nation in danger by leaking important security information.

What they’re hoping is that we’ll get so distracted following this rather boring soap opera that we’ll fail to realize that Snowden’s actions have mainly put the powers that be at risk, not the nation, and that the powers that be are threatened by folks like you and me, good ol’ law abiding American citizens who are sick and tired of a government that treats its citizenry like a farmer treats the chickens in his hen house.

Which brings us to the second thread of the Snowden saga, which is directed at those citizens who might appreciate being informed of all the ways their government is spying on them and might be inclined to think of Snowden as something of a hero. So this thread of the soap opera’s plot questions his motives and seeks to take away his libertarian and/or progressive credibility.

As for me, I don’t care a whit about what motivated him. I’m just grateful to have more factual evidence that my government isn’t mine, as I’m one of those who believes that freedom comes from knowing the truth. I hope he turns out to be a good guy, but whether he does or not, the information he’s given us is good–more irrefutable evidence that our government has greatly lost its way. Venezuela, Cuba or somebody should give him a safe harbor, at least for the time being.

Meanwhile, the American people need to start paying attention to which direction the wind is blowing.

Christine Hall

Christine Hall began her journalism career in 1972 writing for the "underground" newspaper the Los Angeles Free Press. From 1988 until 2005 she covered politics for various newspapers in the Greensboro, North Carolina area.

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