Hey, it's Christmas, and let's not focus on the negative: yes, we have enemies, and plenty of them, but we are blessed with a lot of good friends, and many of them are new. For example, Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman whose principled stands on behalf of the Constitution and the rule of law have inspired many beyond his district to look to him for leadership. A measure initiated by Rep. Amash almost single-handedly defunded the NSA's anti-constitutional assault on our liberties, and set the stage for the fight to rein in the rogue agency once and for all. We should be grateful that men of courage like that still exist, especially in the Congress of the United States -- where they are a rare species indeed.
Speaking of Glenn Greenwald -- his courage under constant fire demands admiration from friend and foe alike. I get such a kick out of watching him make mincemeat out of his and Snowden's critics that it's almost sinful: he really is an example to us all, especially to us writers. Whenever I see him on television or read something he has written I am invariably reminded of George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language," the classic essay in which the great British author and prophet of our modern world deconstructed the perversion of language in the service of power. This is something Greenwald does in his own essays, challenging the usage of words like "terrorism" as a means to achieve political goals that have nothing to do with defending the nation -- and everything to do with defending the perks, privileges, and power of the political class.
It is beyond outrageous that Greenwald cannot yet return to the United States with the knowledge that he won't be hauled away to some dark hellhole by Homeland Security. Yes, folks -- that's how far down we've slid on the slippery slope to semi-authoritarian rule.
But you know what? Let them show themselves in this way. Let them come out of the closet, declaring for all the world to see what they really are -- two-bit thugs who rule by force, by intimidation, and by lying through their gritted teeth when caught. Because the anger out here is building: a majority of Americans now say they think the biggest threat to their well-being and security is their own government.
Yes, folks -- we're winning. And that's the best thing Santa could've given us. Which reminds me: a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!