It’s tragic that Obama’s seemingly genuine belief in transparent government and the ideals of democratic governance now seem like completely cynical gestures. What are we to make of democracy when even our own representatives can’t tell us the laws that are being applied to us, for fear of reprisals? How can American democracy really be a beacon of hope to the world when we are going around the world shaking our fist at any nation that dares give asylum to a dissident who exposed secrets the American public were not supposed to know? As this scenario unfolds, it has gone from a scandal to tragedy. The tragedy is that the American people trusted that no matter how dysfunctional their government was, it would always heed their voices. However, it now seems that nothing short of massive demonstrations in the streets across America will bring any sort of change to the status quo – the exact kind of demonstrations you see in the squares of Turkey or Egypt.