Julian Assange—the True Hero of 2016
Originally, I was more than skeptical of Assange and would have agreed with Marco Rubio that paying attention to such a man is dangerous for obvious reasons of privacy and national security, not to mention, as Rubio notes, the shoe could be on the Republican foot in another election. I no longer believe that. What Assange has shown us is that the situation is far worse than any of us imagined, that the power of global elites is so great that political parties are almost irrelevant. These elites endanger our republic and the world to such a degree that transparency is mandatory.
While we should all respect, indeed yearn for, the protection of the freedoms of the individual private citizen, WikiLeaks demonstrates that our leaders, by choosing to take the power they have, should forego their privacy for the public good (except in national security situations, which they seem to treat cavalierly anyway.)
From reading the WikiLeaks, we learn that these leaders have no interest in transparency whatsoever. Rather, they seek to obfuscate for their own objectives, believing in a re-upped version of "the ends justify the means." But their end is not even Marx's naive and utopian "withering away of the state." It's far more selfish.
As revealed by the Podesta Emails, it's the Clintons and their foundation that have become the state. L'État, c'est Clintons. We're back to Louis XIV all over again.
It is Julian Assange who has confirmed this for us. That is why he is so hated by the elites and they insist he is in cahoots with the Russians. Assange denies this and so far no one has caught him in a lie. (It's obvious any of a million people could have hacked into Clinton's server.)
Whether he is correct that Trump will not be permitted to win we shall see on Tuesday. But whatever the result, this courageous man who has barely seen sunlight in four years deserves our respect.
He is also correct when he says that Hillary Clinton "has been eaten alive by her ambition." I would go a bit further. She and her husband are the living embodiment of Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Our new motto, thanks to Assange, should be: Transparency for leaders. Privacy for their citizens. I know that's hard to attain. But that should be the message from the revelations of 2016.
Roger L. Simon is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, prize-winning novelist and co-founder of PJ Media. His most recent book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already.