NSA and Snowden expose corrupt, elite Washington culture
As Kaiser points out in "Act of Congress", the one thing members of Congress have in common is that they don't know anything but attack politics. What politicians and pundits have in common is that they need each other.
You can't survive in Washington unless you are a part of and a supporter of its corrupt, elite and power greedy culture. There is nothing worse than the greed for power, which is on full display in the NSA-Snowden story.
Americans' respect for the presidency and Congress has been in the tank since Eisenhower. What little trust in the military that existed was undermined with the appointments of Hagel as Secretary of Defense. As for national intelligence agencies, think 9/11, Boston Marathon, etc. There is no there there.
As a conservative Republican who always has given institutions and the government the benefit of the doubt until people like LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Clinton and Obama showed their true colors, the decline in trust in American institutions, including the media, is disappointing and alarming, but not a surprise.
Americans outside the beltway have 1000% better access to information than we did in the 50s, 70s and even the 90s. We've learned that all the blather that we hear on the Sunday suckup shows is coming out of the mouths of West Point C students and affirmative action and trustee Ivy League kids who know politics and little else.
If the elite don't listen to the people and respect their knowledge and assessments of what is happening in Washington, the powers of the elite will go the way of the once powerful GOP "establishment."
Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson
on 06/12/2013 at 08:51 AM
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