I just can’t get used to the cruelty the right wing directs at Chelsea Manning, insisting that she should be tortured, broken, and killed.
And they keep calling her a “traitor.”
To all Americans, they say.
Well, she’s no traitor to me, for one.
She stood up for everyone. She exposed the lies and the crimes of the government. She exposed diplomatic cables concerning the government contractors’ involvement in raping children. She exposed massacres.
I know she isn’t a pacifist, but by exposing these crimes, and by transitioning, she has rejected two of the key values of violence.
They want to take revenge to defend the masculinity of klepto/aristocratic honor, and to defend the honor of sadistic masculinity.