US government wants to usurp people's authority
People from around the world are debating US whistle-blower Edward Snowden's actions and are trying to decide if he is guilty of violating US federal laws by revealing that the government is spying on everyone including its own citizens.
However, in reality the debate should not be about Snowden's guilt in violating a US federal law.
Instead, discussion should be focused on the United States government - our Congress, our executive branch and our judicial branch - apparently all violating the US Constitution and in particular the Bill of Rights.
It is clear that our founding fathers predicted that our government would some day attempt to usurp "We the people's" authority.
For this reason they included a number of safeguards built into our constitution plainly spelling out in great detail the limits of the federal government's authority.
They also plainly spelled out Americans' rights endowed from our creators, known as the Bill of Rights within the constitution.
Our founders designed only one legal mechanism to change the constitution - and that's by a simple amendment.
Anything else is illegal and unconstitutional.
As a further safeguard, every elected official must swear an oath to support and obey the constitution and, finally, all military personnel in the United States must swear an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.
Our government has no other means or remedy to change or adjust the constitution. It was deliberately designed in this manner to protect our rights and the national security of our nation.
Government officials over the centuries have often complained about the difficulties of governing because their authority was deliberately limited because our founders knew that power corrupts and they wanted to preserve the liberties that they fought hard to win.
Snowden has attempted to wake us from our deep slumber, because we have had it so good for so long.
We have forgotten about tyranny and have allowed all three branches of our government to rule as they pleased, with a wink and a nod, and tell us that it is for our own good and that we do not deserve all of those rights given to us at birth.
Everyone needs to understand that, if the United States government can be allowed to violate its citizens' constitution, what chance do any other free peoples from around the world have in protecting their own democracies?
Steven Moore, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, US