My first reaction to the 'dumping' of secrets was negative. I value my position as a tenth generation American with strong ties to and love for this nation. (It is important to note that I said 'nation', not government.)
My eighth birthday was three weeks after Pearl Harbor so I lived impressionable years absorbing the struggles of World War II. Slogans like 'Loose lips sink ships' were serious lessons learned.
I have a conservative personality. As a teenager, one of my fictional heros was the title character of an historical novel by Kenneth Roberts: Captain Caution. Now that's not every American boy's cup of joe, is it?
No, I don't take such transgressions (dumping secrets) lightly. However, recently I have been retracing the political history of American conservatism in the years following World War II. Such an enterprise always entails a number of interesting digressions when one reads a footnote here or encounters an obscure or little-known (for me) author there.
This reading shows a growing pattern of government secrecy, government overreach of power, and the beginnings of betrayal of what I consider the basic American value: liberty, or if you prefer, freedom.
From my point of view, the last sixteen years have left me feeling like a stranger in my own country.
We sanction countries resulting in the death of children. We try to be the policeman of the world. Over 4400 Americans have been killed in Iraq. More than were killed in the World Trade Center. Who is responsible for that?
Suddenly the government is the injured party. I don't buy it. Dump is a good word for what Wikileaks has done. The government has been given a long overdue enema.
I like Ron Paul's assessment: "In a society where truth becomes treason, we're in big trouble."
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