Edward Snowden is a name that will live in infamy whether you consider him a traitor or patriot. Jesus once said to the temptation of power, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Matt. 4:10) When faced with a choice of who’s ideal you serve cowards run and hide. So again whether you consider Snowden a patriot, as a kind of NSA whistleblower, or a traitor who compromises our national security, does not matter as much as the fact that he is a coward. He served himself and his self interests.
On the other hand today is a day when we remember that by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, established the first major Memorial Day observance held to honor those who died “in defense of their country.” It was first known to many as “Decoration Day,” when families and friends who mourned, honored the dead from the War Between the States by decorating their graves with flowers. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the national cemetery.
There were deep divisions in our country that brought about this war between brothers. Some of those divisions still exist. Yet, the fervor of honoring those who serve and sacrifice goes on. Snowden, on the other hand, is a man with no country and his cowardice insures that right or wrong he will be forgotten because of what he chose to do – run away. Heroes face the fight and realize their life is less important than doing what is right. What do you think?
Vol 4 #50