So when we think about the nation we think about our country, we think about our home, we think about the people living in it and we think about its values. When we think about the state, we’re thinking about an institution.
The distinction there is that we now have an institution that has become so powerful it feels comfortable granting itself new authorities, without the involvement of the country, without the involvement of the public, without the full involvement of all of our elected representatives and without the full involvement of open courts, and that’s a terrifying thing –- at least for me.
That’s Edward Snowden speaking in a new interview in The Guardian. We’re so lucky that we still have American citizens like this, though they seem to be in shorter and shorter supply. Their enemies, like Barry Obama, are the real traitors, and belong in jail.
If you think that Barry Obama represents this country, represents America, represents you, you’re living in a dream world. Barry Obama represents a totalitarian corporate state of which you are merely a dispensable subject, with no rights beyond those he chooses to grant you out of the goodness of his heart.
Read the whole interview here — it’s long, but essential:
With thanks for the link to PZ . . .