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Would YOU have signed the Declaration?

There is hope for the future. This essay was written by perhaps the youngest member of Loyal 9. The sixteen year old high school debater represents youth well.

by Parker Wiscombe

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Edward Snowden. Were you to drop this name six months ago no one would think anything of it, but recently the name has become associated with free speech or treason, a rebel, a whistle blower, a hero, a threat to national security. Edward Snowden is a name that has been burned into the public’s retinas, and one that has become a symbol for the new age of free speech and controversy around the fourth amendment.

Now let us imagine that the name Edward Snowden had never been released to press, that he chose to remain anonymous. Imagine the headlines read “Anonymous contractor leaks NSA surveillance information.” We would see the entire scenario play out differently. Would the American people take the trust of someone that refuses to even reveal his or her name? Would the inclination to remain anonymous reflect a lack of faith in the information? Could we even give credence to any of the information? People need a name and a person behind the words, someone to believe in, someone they can stand by.

The idea of a name as a manifesto goes back to our founding fathers. When they signed the Declaration of Independence, they released a statement to the world, a statement that they are willing to seal with their names, their lives, their comfort and prosperity.

Now we as citizens must show the same courage. When the people can no longer believe in their government, they must look upon each other to find something to believe in. Right now as members of the Loyal 9 community, we are standing for something ourselves and are also standing for those who may be afraid or too complacent to put their names out there. Our voices and our names, OUR signatures, must also be put forth as that is how our power takes hold. Your name is what people can relate to more than the word anonymous.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." Likewise, Snowden has taken the same action and is honorably standing by his position, his information, and the symbol he has become. Let your voice be heard. Let your name stand for something.


07 Jul 2013
at 10:33AM

Here, here!

07 Jul 2013
at 04:32PM

Parker, you nailed it!! Standing for what we believe and the strength to put our name behind it requires true character, even if we personally may not agree with an individuals belief we can respect their courage to stand for what they believe.

07 Jul 2013
at 06:45PM

How amazing that someone so young can see past the prejudice of the press to the real reason, or intent, or even the strength it took for Eric Snowden to take the steps he took knowing there would be huge reprocussions. I have been so disappointed in so many of our young people today who seem to have such a sense of entitlement that it was awe inspiring to read such an inspirational and soul searching statement from someone who is obviously going to do great things. Stay strong young man.

07 Jul 2013
at 08:42PM

The signatures of the men on the Declaration branded them as traitors. But they did what they thought was right. Same as this Snowden guy. Those who signed the declaration (and snowden) went against the biggest power of their time. Made me think, This really made me think WOULD I have had the guts to sign the declaration? All I can say is I hope so...

08 Jul 2013
at 09:47AM

Well done!!!!

16 Jul 2013
at 05:26PM

Great article, but I was disappointed that his name was not on it . . . then I found it at the very beginning. YES! Way to go, Parker.

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