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29 May 2014 @ 06:01 am
Man up  
The concluding volume of the Heinlein bio is coming out, and I'm going to review it, so I'm thinking even more about Stranger in a Strange Land than usual. Here's another one.

Valentine Michael Smith understands humanity after he sees a monkey beat up a smaller monkey, whereupon the little guy finds a yet smaller one to hit. That dynamic appears over and over again, and one current symbolic example is John Kerry, after years of being called insufficiently butch, telling Edward Snowden to "man up."

We are supposed to believe that this display of testicularity, besides being good in itself as all such things are, will force America to consider the problems he is trying to bring to our attention.

Charles Pierce knows better. While Snowden is in Russia, the establishment ignores him. The best bet is that if he came home, the establishment would lock him up indefinitely and continue to ignore him.
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don_fitch on May 29th, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
I used to like Kerry (& for a while favored him as a Presidential Candidate), but... erummmm No. If Snowden were to return to the U.S., I think there is a high (or even _very_ high) possibility that he would simply be disappeared. The Legislators we have elected to run our country have given the President the authority to imprison anyone he wants to, indefinitely and without trial, or to order the killing of anyone he considers in need of killing. Given his recent track record, I see little reason to think that President Obama would not exercise one or the other of these options.

And yes, I find it Quite Strange that an American has to take refuge in Russia (of all Goddamned places) in order to speak his mind and make his case.
Ayeshabrowngirl on May 30th, 2014 05:01 am (UTC)
And yes, I find it Quite Strange that an American has to take refuge in Russia (of all Goddamned places) in order to speak his mind and make his case.

FWIW, this is not without precedent. (Which I offer as a note of history, not any kind of correction -- I agree with your comment entirely, and with considerable disappointment in the President and other elected officials.)
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on May 29th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
I've self-censored what I was going to say here, which should be commentary enough.
Patrick Nielsen Haydenpnh on May 29th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Not actually Charles Pierce in this case. But correct all the same.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on May 30th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
I should have noticed that. Thanks.
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