I love it when Laura Poitras points to Edward Snowden’s youthful and constant eloquence, not just eloquence after editing of his discourse has occurred.
For dumb Americans Snowden is a bad person because their government says it’s so.
And a bad person can’t be eloquent or smart or correct or anything else.
I also love getting a sense of Laura Poitras as a human being. Up till now she has been-- wrongly-- just a name for me and I suspect others.
Anyone who wants to be a better president than Barack Obama needs to treat persons like Poitras, Snowden and Greenwald with more of the respect they most certainly do deserve.
This is hugely important in my view. Our presidents and other American leaders need to hew closer to Thomas Jefferson’s views about the crucial role of free press in American democracy.
The other major area where Obama has failed is his idealism free views of war and American military. These like those of too many other Americans have been conditioned by neurotic fear along with advertising world emptiness.
These are true criticisms of the president. When one addresses other areas, viz., health care, one quickly realizes that the criticisms so prevalent in our society are bogus distortions and lies perpetrated again by extremely stupid and flawed persons.