Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and other Whistle-Blowers are Heroes, not Villains

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Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!” Trump wrote. His claim of Manning calling Mr. Obama a ‘weak leader’ was apparently a reference to an article Manning wrote for the Guardian claiming that his legacy would offer “few permanent accomplishments.” She was right about that; Trump is destroying all the good done by a real President as quickly as possible.

Before he left office, our real President, Barrack Obama, commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. In case you do not remember who she is, she was formerly Bradley Manning and exposed atrocities committed by the military in Iraq. After his conviction, the ACLU offered the following statement.

When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system,” said Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.”

Both Manning and Snowden were loyal to our nation. Our nation is people, not a corrupted government. War crimes are just as horrific as crimes committed on American soil. We have a right to know, and the fourth amendment protects us from being spied upon by our own government.

Trump intends to move our nation into fascism. He is attempting to curtail free speech, and therefore repeal the first amendment. His secrecy is similar to that of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany; the only difference is that Hitler was popular among the German people and Trump is unpopular. The choices he made for his circle of sinners will move our oligarchy into a plutocracy, and a plutocracy can only exist under fascist rule. Trump is already attempting to control the minds of the American people in two ways.

First of all, he demands that those who serve him; 320 million of us; accept “alternate facts,” and ignore reality.

Secondly, he has changed the way the ‘Voice of America’ is operated, and the areas to which it broadcasts. It has existed since 1942 under strict guidelines. It was controlled by a Board of Governors until 2013. It is now under the auspices of a CEO, who is nominated by the president and confirmed by Congress. The greatest change is where it broadcasts. Until recently, it was heard all over the world, but not in the United States. It was intended to be non-political. It will now be broadcast within our country, and Trump will enjoy a propaganda machine not dissimilar to that of Hitler, or the former Premiers of the Soviet Union. It is funded by taxpayers at the cost of $800 million each year. Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million a year.

Trump is the traitor. He is already serving the super-rich, and ignoring the majority. His efforts to move our nation into a fascist state are quickly becoming a reality. He hates the truth, facts, and democracy. He does not want to be the President of the United States, (and he isn’t), he wants to be America’s first fuhrer.

Op-Ed

By James Turnage

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