Edward Snowden: a Whistleblower, Not a Traitor
This is what most Americans are saying. According to the newest Quinnipiac poll, 55% of Americans think Edward Snowden is a whistleblower. 34% think he’s a traitor.
11% have no opinion.
The question was:
“Do you regard Edward Snowden, the national security consultant who released information to the media about the phone scanning program, as more of a traitor, or more of a whistle-blower?”
The opinion that Edward Snowden is a whistleblower was represented equally by both genders and all political persuasions and social groups. The assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll said:
“The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti- terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything. Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment.”
Good point. This is just another example of how the “leaders” of both parties are out of step with the voters. With so many high profile Democrats calling Edward Snowden a traitor, and threatening any country that offers him sanctuary, one has to wonder: Is there any difference between the two parties?
I still think the Democrats are the lesser of two evils, but the distinction gets pretty blurred sometimes.