Julian Assange, Space Age Cowboy

A lot has changed since the days of the old, Wild West.

Guns, after all, are passe. It’s technology that rebels are going to need to be slinging if they want to fight the big, bloated beast that is the state. Polished, at the hip and at the ready… brains are the new firearms.

And "firearms" are desperately needed because of how this country was founded. In rebellion.

At America’s inception, the evils of an unregulated government were considered by our forefathers. That’s why items such as the right to bear arms and the right of the press to operate without government interference were included in the constitution. That’s also why our government is overseen by a system of checks and balances.

Those who came before us knew what lay at the end of the road – and knew fully well, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, that, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

We are meant to rebel. Meant to do illegal things. Meant to cross our government when they betray us. Our government was founded on certain precepts and the right to rebellion was a primary one.

Jefferson said it best. “If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.“

And thankfully these "firearms" have changed so dramatically that their employ no longer needs to equate to lives lost. They should be handled with care, offering the least possible damage to the American public.

Instead of immediately decrying Assange for his wicked deeds, we should be considering the cause behind his initiative – and taking a long look at ourselves and our policies.

While Julian Assange may be a terrorist, an alleged rapist, a doomer of Afghans – he is still, in every sense of the word, an American patriot.

Erin Monda, Writer
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