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  •  But the Repubs ARE courting this demographic. (2+ / 0-)
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    eyesoars, blue in NC

    That's the whole point of them trumpeting their "libertarian" wing to young people. Of course it's BS, we all know. Yes, this faction as represented by Rand Paul has spoken out against the surveillance state, & I'm glad to have them on board for this fight, but we all know that it's a decidedly minority view within the Republican Party. Same within the Democratic Party. The Democrats (with the exception of Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, the Udall brothers & a few scattered others) no longer speak out on the civil liberties issue, because they know it's a political loser. And if the Democrats don't stand up, where is one who is concerned about the erosion of our liberty to go?

    The core problem is that Americans don't really believe all that stuff about individual rights & civil liberty anyway. There's as much genuflection before power & authority figures in the U.S. as there is in any country in the world. A large majority of Americans admire & respect the stern imposition of authority, as do the mainstream media. We're witnessing that now, as most Americans greet this story with a collective shrug & attack the whistle-blower instead. Indeed, there's been a much bigger uproar abroad than in the U.S.A., that sweet land of liberty.

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