On the Snowden affair

kkJohn F. Kennedy invited the visiting Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, to Fort Knox. They passed numerous fortifications, wall after wall, gate after gate, all guarded by sophisticated electronic devices and armed special forces units. Finally, they entered the central chamber and Kennedy, in an attempt to impress Khrushchev, pointed to the thousands of shelves and boxes filled with gold bars and diamonds. Khrushchev did not appear impressed.

A few months later, during Kennedy’s visit to Moskow, Khrushchev invited him for a short trip out of town. They drove through fields of potatos, corn, and cabbage. Then, they turned into a dirt road leading to an old barn. There was nobody around, and the barn door was locked with a brocken stick stuck in a staple. Khrushchev opened the door and there, inside, were twice as many riches as in the entire Fort Knox.

Kennedy was shocked. “And nobody is guarding this place?” he asked.

To which Khrushchev replied,

“See John, here is the difference between capitalism and communism. You watch the gold. We watch the people.”


(This is an authentic joke that circulated in Soviet Union in the 1970’s. We are now hearing from Snowden, and others, that Americans are finally learning the Khrushchev’s lesson. Better late than never.)


“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Court, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution.”   ~ ~ ~ Abraham Lincoln

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