Originally Posted by The Constitution of the United States
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It is "We the people" and not "Us the NSA" and "Y'all them ordinary 'Muricans." Things have changed, the government has changed, and the world is the same size with more people. No longer can we afford just to sit back and expect others to govern for us. We must be willing to taker an active part in government. Casting a ballot is a small part of creating positive change. Somebody must be willing to stand up and push for the ideal.
You've come to this forum with a fervor to learn the system of your choice. Did you just follow the standard procedures? I doubt that you did.
Why would you just accept what the government does without asking?
You have the human right to interact in the government and make it better. True, Snowden should not have just taken that information; but, it is also true that we have allowed an organization to overstep its bounds. Our republic is one in which everyone needs to be active. The culture of instant satisfaction and greed has blown up in our faces. We cannot afford to ignore and do nothing.