This is only the beginning, I promise. When you combine our susceptibility to fear-based disinformation with our tendency to fixate on subjects that are easily memed and hashtagged, “no-go zones” is tailor-made to become the next big conservative night terror. Screw reality — everybody panic.
Even if we concede that Obama should have attended (in spite of no precedent along those lines), let’s bear in mind that the U.S., for all its faults, leads the world in protected speech — especially and most importantly satirical speech.
I’m old enough to remember when any American leader who stood in solidarity with France and other (socialist, commie, effete, gibberish-talking) European leaders was relentlessly hectored by the American right.
The skewing of Snowden’s story into the utterly bizarre territory of defending and legitimizing hackers who very clearly are in the process of breaking the law — from digital burglary, to digital extortion, to digital vandalism — is ludicrous.
Boehner is making a bundle from corporations that are actively exploiting workers and racking up human rights violations in China, a nation led by communists with a long history of human rights abuses, as well as other countries such as Burma and perhaps even Iran.