Friday, September 24, 2004

Republicans and the politics of Fear

The rethoric from Republicans seems to push the talking point of Kerry being allied with terrorists. So basically, in the Republican view, dissent is un-american and un-patriotic.

The only response one could give to something like that is one that would come from an unimpeachable american. How about Thomas Jefferson:
Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism.
Don't like Jefferson. OK... How about Ben Franklin then:
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
... or maybe James Madison was unpatriotic:

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
... and it could be that the only founding father you would trust would be George Washington:

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
... or if you want someone that may be more contemporary, how about Teddy Roosevelt:
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Conclusion: It is those that assign dissent with treason who are treasonous themselves.

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