posted on Jul, 10 2013 @ 03:57 PM
As the Edward Snowden story unfolds and we find ourselves inundated with headlines that scream: "Where is he now!", "Will Snowden Live in Venezuela?"
- and our our own ATS headlines about the actual substance of the leaks, something else has emerged - it doesn't matter which political party you
support, you don't trust the government.
American voters say 55 - 34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national
poll released today.
Almost every party, gender, income, education, age and income group regards Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor. The lone exception is
black voters, with 43 percent calling him a traitor and 42 percent calling him a whistle-blower.
Some of the largest growth in those concerned about the threat to civil liberties is among men and Republicans, groups historically more likely to be
supportive of governmental anti- terrorism efforts.
More at the source: www.quinnipiac.edu...
"The massive swing in public opinion about civil liberties and governmental anti- terrorism efforts, and the public view that Edward Snowden is
more whistle-blower than traitor are the public reaction and apparent shock at the extent to which the government has gone in trying to prevent future
terrorist incidents," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti- terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in
itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything. Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes
against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment."
A respectable national polling organization (Quinnipiac), a decent sample (2K) and a low margin of error (+/- 2.2), spell out the truth - as Americans
we're all against government overreaching and illegal activities. It seems this country, for the most part, has finally learned you don't sacrifice
liberty for security at any cost.
Now what? I hope we can stop the bashing of each other for our differing political views since you know that old saying - divide and conquer. Instead,
let's focus on removing the laws that allowed this to happen in the first place and let's get our sanity back. Literally our sanity - we've fought
each other too long and hard over differing political opinions; it's no longer a sport but an all out war sickening each and every participant.
Here's what I'm doing, I suggest you do the same. Follow this link, type in your zip code, locate your congressmen, click their name, go the bottom of
the page, find their number, and leave a voice mail telling them: "You are a public servant in my district, I demand you roll back the FISA Court and
begin proceedings to amend the Patriot Act."
Good luck. I'm sick of standing by, and now I know this is *not* a political issue but an American problem.
edit on 10-7-2013 by Jason88 because: (no reason given)