RON HART: Snowden takes on the Drone Ranger Obama

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 05:10 PM.

DETROIT, MICH. — While our angry and embarrassed U.S. government plays "Where’s Waldo?" trying to capture NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the jury is still out on whether he is a hero or traitor.

It is one thing to reveal our government’s domestic secret surveillance program. It is quite another to give our intelligence to enemies around the world.

Loosely defined, a “whistleblower” is someone who hurts the other political party; a “traitor” is someone who hurts yours.

What fascinates me about this story is the divergence of opinion and the strange bedfellows it has created. Loony liberal Michael Moore and far-right Glenn Beck are actually in agreement, cheering Snowden on. Maybe it is a manifestation of their paranoia, or maybe they have a well-placed mistrust of government.

For now, liberals and libertarians are siding with Snowden, while RINOs and big-government Democrats (a.k.a. Washington) call for his head. When the whole of D.C.’s political class agrees on something, it scares me.

Republicans dislike Obama because he is not Ronald Reagan, but they love their military-industrial contractor complex. Democrats are upset with Obama because he is not candidate Barack Obama.

Men seem more upset about Internet and cell phone snooping than women — we have more browser history we’d like to remain secret. Women don’t mind Obama surveillance; they think it’s nice to have a man listen to them.

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