What The Chelsea Manning Commutation Teaches us About Objective Thinking
The largest leaker in American history, Chelsea Manning, had his 35-year sentence commuted by President Barack Obama. Manning leaked over 700,000 documents to Wiki-leaks. The leaks were even found on Osama Bin Laden's laptop.
Regardless of how you feel about Manning and his leaks, this issue serves as a perfect exercise in objective thinking. The left has been screaming about Wikileaks and Julian Assange since November. With this commutation, Obama just showed that he isn't all that bothered by leaks.
Manning and his leaks put Wikileaks on the map. Republicans, on the other hand, have had a change of heart when it comes to Assange. Prominent conservative figures have come to view Wikileaks in a positive light. These same conservatives are jumping up and down about Obama commuting the sentence of this leaker. Regardless of how you square this complex issue, it's important that you use objective thinking when you come to that conclusion.
We don't have to reach the same conclusion when it comes to Wikileaks. I take leakers and how I feel about them on a case by case basis. I don't think Julian Assange is a good person and that his motives are based on opportunity, not principle. I also believe people like Julian are important to western society in general. There have always been guys like him, and there will always will be people like him.
As we look toward a Trump administration, it's important to understand how objective thinking can help you stay principled. We will report the news as we see it. We may not always agree and that's a good thing. Let us know your thoughts?
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