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By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  July 10, 2013

It is beyond question. The most potent propaganda attack of all, that infamous child-like use of ad-hominem, is dead. Folks, some of us truth-seekers, disparaged in dying "mainstream" media as "conspiracy theorists," have provided evidence and have spoken of spy programs and such for a long time.

Ever heard of Echelon? Remember "debate" over just selected warrantless wiretaps a few years ago? The road to Truth, if not self-directed, is a slow and drawn out process to full realization — at that point it doesn't matter; it's too late. This recent news is awful in some respects; but the illumination of the obvious is not what I think is awful. I already knew it. No, it is the willingness of the public, gripped either in full-fledged apathy and/or learned helplessness, or firmly in the camp of the controlled left versus right wing paradigm, to ignore or to misdirect passion.

I believe it is up to other folks to "wake up" those that slumber well in false beliefs. However, for you who see this as I do, please realize that a single person cannot change this. We need to develop more leaders in society from the ground up. Local leadership is more important than that which media focuses. Leadership is not position—it is about service and influence. Anyone can be a leader! I do not have all the answers, but I do know this much: we need leadership; and it starts with you. . . and me. So let me offer this: my name accompanies this letter. I use social media. I use the biggest one. You know which one. Follow up on my invitation; let's forget about the "experts;" let's stop outsourcing our responsibility and misdirecting or snuffing out our creativity and passion. Working together, we can move mountains!

MATTHEW SCOTT

WESTBROOK

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