Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Iraq: Meltdown
Dissent is, oh let me think of an example - throwing tea in Boston Harbor comes to mind. Or standing up in a Senate hearing, and asking Senator McCarthy if he has a shred of decency in him, or carrying a sign on a public street, expressing your opinion on any subject. Then again, it is interesting to note that the minority of Supreme Court justices who lose a case, get to write a "dissenting opinion". Then again, we have people for whom no debate was possible, like black people in the Jim Crow South, who dissented by letting thugs beat them with iron pipes while they sat a lunch counter. Perhaps they all should have "debated" instead.
Let me clue you in on what my great uncle, who took a bullet on Iwo Jima, had to say: American soldiers don't die for political parties, they don't die for some side in a debate, they don't die for some other person's opinion on how they are supposed to act in a democracy, they die for The Bill of Rights, the one thing that separates us from every other nation on this earth. Now go read the First Amendment, the first article in the Bill of Rights, the numero uno to the Founders. It doesn't say "freedom of speech" with words like "maybe" or "under certain circumstances" or "except at times of war", does it?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address