First of all, he is neither the only one nor the first one who fights against NSA spying. Others have been fighting against it for years. However, sometimes you just have to break the law to get the press to report about and thus start a public debate over an issue that others have been fighting over for years. How many people have been protesting NSA warrantless wiretapping in the past decade?
What about his revelation to the world of NSA’s spying on people in other countries and other governments? Would you rather see the US as a friend or foe of other people and other governments? If you prefer to be friends with other people and other governments, then don’t do to others what you do not want to be done to yourself. I think what Edward Snowden has done will change the US to her advantage, stop her from going over the cliff. Would you rather losing friends after being found not being really friendly to your friends? Actions speak louder than words. Don’t expect to betray your friends and not being found out later.
Just because someone has done something wrong or committed a crime does not mean that that person can be abused. But that is what happens a lot of time. People often disrespect someone who has been condemned for some reason, even if it is not a very serious reason. And once they disrespect someone, they abuse them.
“Balloon Boy” parents Richard and Mayumi Heene should pay for the government’s financial losses resulting from their hoax. But they should be allowed to make money to pay for it even if it means that they have to write a book or offer TV interviews about their hoax. Some people may want to know why they did what they did and what their experience was. They may profit from something that has caused harm to other people. But they are going to pay for all the harm they did to other people.
By the way, some people think that Richard and Mayumi Heene abuse their children. I don’t see any of that. One, they did not instruct their children to lie. That was why the boy told the truth and we got to know the truth. Two, they did not jeopardize their children’s safety by really letting the boy trapped in the balloon to make it real. Three, they let them explore nature to learn more about nature and technologies. I would love to have that kind of opportunities growing up. I don’t understand why people accused them of abusing their children.
Men who lied about their relationships with women are never nice. By lying about their relationships, they hurt the women they are lying about. If they are mean enough to hurt the women they had relationships with, they will be mean enough to do anything else that is mean.
As a former president and as someone respected by his party, Bill Clinton should not try to break the rules and get back into the White House by helping his wife running for the high office.
He is also stupid to have misinterpreted what Obama said about Reagan. An educated man should not interpret what Obama said in the same way an uneducated man would. I wonder if he was too stupid to understand Obama or too stupid to figure out that other people would not misinterpret Obama the way he did.
Hillary and many women seem to think that if she wins, women win. But how many women are married to a former president? Are other women supposed to look for men who are or will be successful so they can get help from their men to climb the social ladder as well? Haven’t we had enough of those women who use sex to get promotions at work?
Hillary should not have started running for public office after her husband had become a president. If she has been a public servant before that, it would have been OK for her to continue doing that. But it is very obvious that she has been making use of his fame, power, connections, political capital, etc. to climb the social ladder, which is unfair for those who she runs against, and sets a very bad example for the whole society.
I don’t understand why a democratic society like America would allow immediate relatives of those who have held public offices to run for public offices. This is a major source of corruptions in non-democratic societies.
How can you tell whether a candidate wins an election with his/her appeal to voters or with his/her relatives’ resources?
American politics is such that I never even thought that this would ever be brought up formally in US Congress. I just thought that American politicians would just do whatever is safe. And basically, they are safer not to do anything than to do something.
It is amazing some people are still fighting. Most people simply have given up on politics all together. Politics has become something like another stage where other actors get to play, not us.
It is unfortunate that most Americans do not take full advantage of a democratic system and let things happen the same way they do in a non-democratic society.
Now is there any hope to get real with this?
It seems clear that he did try to look for some fun for himself in a public bathroom and did try to make the issue go away one way or the other. However, this is his own problem. It would not have had any negative impact on his family or his constituents if no one makes an issue out of it. His problem is that he is still like kids – controlled by his subconscious desires, the desire to have fun and the desire to conceal it.
As to the annoyance he gave to other people in a public bathroom when he tried to solicit sex, it is something that can be forgiven to. After all, people have to make their desires known to find other people who share their desires. It is similar to the kind of sexual harassment that women receive all the time. And it is also like many other kinds of harassment. Can you say that you have never sent a email on a subject that a recipient may not be interested in? You don’t know if a recipient is interested in the subject until you have sent out the email. If you have to make sure that a recipient is interested in a subject before you send him/her a email on that subject, many people will miss out a lot of opportunities to learn about things that may interest them.
As to his hypocrisy on the gay issue, it is understandable, too. He can’t help being gay. But he does not think that being gay is something that should be encouraged. A lot of people who think that they are over weight and should control their diet can not control their diet.
By the way, democrats and republicans should stop arguing over the gay issue. We all agree that being gay is not something that should be encouraged, but something that some people can’t help. It is like a disease that those who have it should not be discriminated against for having. Otherwise, we will be like Nazis who think that only certain type of people get to live.
The only break he can not be given, at least to some people, is to have produced a business card identifying himself as a member of the US Senate when confronted by the police officer. It was a dumb move because the police officer could have suspected him of using a fake identity in trying to get off. But the more serious problem is that he was using his privilege as a US senator for the wrong thing. His action not only was a misuse of his privilege, but also seriously tainted the reputation of the US Congress. For the politicians in US Congress, especially the Republican congressional members, this is a crime that can not be forgiven at all.