(Truth Held to the Fire by Both Sides)
“Information is the currency of democracy.”
-- Thomas Jefferson.
"As president, Obama will restore the American people’s trust in
their government by making government more open and transparent
and by giving regular Americans unprecedented new tools to keep
track of government officials, who they are meeting with, who is
giving them money and how they are spending taxpayer dollars."
---E-Mail from "Obama for 2008"
The irony of Attorney General Holder looking for ways to charge Julian Assange
of criminal activity when Wikileaks is busy following through with a major vow
of President Obama's campaign is bizarre. Candidate Obama railed against the
secrecy of the Bush Administration at every stop on the campaign trail. Now, as
President, he zealously prosecutes those who listened and are acting on his vows.
Anybody else laughing at this clumsy tripotage?
Another incongruity is the "Originist" crowd calling for Assange's execution.
They hate Big Government except when it involves illegal wars, criminal
enterprise and the massive waste of taxpayer dollars handed to war contractors.
Anti-Big Government folks are against an informed populace. Interesting. I
guess they really do want a smaller government. But only in the sense that a
few can know about policies and implementations that the masses must
obediently, in ignorance, accept. Is democracy possible with this kind of
"small government"? Only a few in the know? Wouldn't President Jefferson
call that tyranny? Isn't media supposed to be a check on such Gov't abuses
instead of acting as a dutiful monkey butler?