In my youth, my definition of patriotism was Carl Schurz's: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” This was a time when "America: Love it or leave it" was a popular slogan with people who did not understand that if you love something, you stay and set it right. Daniel Ellsberg understood that. When he shared the Pentagon Papers, he became one of my first heroes. That list of heroes now extends through Bradley Manning to Edward Snowden.
The saying, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance" has long been popular with Americans. Edward Snowden is the latest to step up and join the ranks of the eternally vigilant. Every lover of liberty is grateful to him, and must ask what is loved by those who hound him now.
This post was made in response to Defend Edward Snowden | The Dream Café.