I'm fairly certain you were the only liberal on this site to even mention the drone attack that killed that american child. With respect to journalists being spied on, homes raided, and basic 1st amendment rights infringed upon, you might have mentioned some concern, but I don't recall seeing anything and I certainly don't believe DVP or CC even blinked. In politics where voices need to be heard, how are "muted, behind the scenes criticism and resistance," effective?
actually, I was initially supportive of folks like Manning, Snowden, etc.
The thing about obama is that he did go after the leakers but was pretty much hands off to the journalists. I'm sure some of the blackops and other intelligence entities (not LEO - there is a big difference in both purpose and tactics) would love to find a way into the journalists but you forget that going back to the beginning of the nation and especially among foreign correspondents, the was sometimes confusion of who exactly some of them were working for.
Then you asked specifically: "In politics where voices need to be heard, how are "muted, behind the scenes criticism and resistance," effective? "
First, voices being heard is only one part of the equation and given the explosion of dialog fostered by the internet, plenty of voices are making sounds.
One might even point to expert voices; the voices of the scientists and climate modelers who are saying we're running out of time to make the kinds of changes necessary to avert, well, the big killing that promises famine, flooding and the sinking, literally of coastal cities around the world displacing literally billions. We see thes voices routinely ignored by those on the right who value the extra .2 percent profit they may make from the stocks and bonds this quarter but reason, since they're already 70, they'll be dead before the big killing comes. The only group I see being heard by Trump, who is all about the money, are the evangelicals who equate the short-sighted policies they know will lead to massive destruction, death and misery within a couple of decades with the end times under the belief they are the same thing.
The only problem I have with them is they seem to believe that God, who created the heavens and earth in six days, is no longer capable of doing the end time on his own but rather needs the help of conservative icons like Charles and David Koch and that champion of the world's right wingers, Vlad Putin and others to force the conflict on the notion they're doing Gods' work. Well yeah, I think they are trying to do God's work and I think he might be getting a bit pissed at their effort as in so doing, they're doing the exact opposite of what Jesus taught.
I recall the famous quote of Ben Franklin, who coined it as he left Independence Hall after the constitutional convention. A woman passerby asked Dr. Franklin, "Well Doctor, what have we got - a republic or a monarchy?"
"A republic if you can keep it," replied Franklin.
My personal opinion is we need to do a lot more work to keep our Republic and the so-called Republicans are not doing much to help.