Redstate’s Erick Erickson noted Monday that Edward Snowden, the whistleblower credited with revealing the unlawful Verizon wiretaps requested by the Obama Administration proves that,
millennials probably cannot be trusted with the mature responsibility of supporting and defending our nation. His was not a courageous act. His was an act of sabotage and ego whereby he decided to be judge, jury, and executioner of an intelligence program that violated his sensibilities, but maybe not the constitution.
Erickson is wrong. We as American citizens receive the rights guaranteed by our Constitution as our birthright. We recognize that these freedoms are bestowed upon us by God, not by Government. Thus our ultimate allegiances don’t belong to the bureaucracies in Washington or the politicians of the day, or even to the contracts that we sign or but to the principles that men and women shed their blood for – our birthright, our Constitution. To many, this commitment may be an ambiguous one to ideas rather than a tangible nation. And while I am in no way endorsing any zany concepts such as succession or an overhaul of a Constituion, it is important to remember that our forefathers understood that, sometimes, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them. A decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Again, the point is not to dissolve the political bands that we currently have, but to highlight what the bands are. The bands don’t require that we blindly follow our leaders because there will come a day in fifty years, a hundred years or a thousand years where we as a people will be forced to reevaluate the political bonds that hold us together.
None of this is to say that Mr. Snowden should not be tried for treason. He must be, should he ever return to the U.S. Actions have consequences and the ramifications of not punishing leaks could have a terrible effect down the line. But we should all appreciate one man’s willingness to sacrifice his life to ring the alarm of oncoming tyranny, even if he has to pay the penalty for it.
Maybe millennials have less respect for authority than previous generations. But maybe too, they realize the encroaching danger we face from the federal government that is unlike anything any populace has ever faced. I don’t think that is such a bad thing.