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Dissension is as American as Apple Pie

Scott Bannon Posted by Scott Bannon

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Do we hold this truth to be self-evident?

Our nation was founded on dissension. The Declaration of Independence was the first; and to date largest act of dissension by Americans. Now I ask, can anything be more patriotic than dissension?

Tom Delay(R-TX) would agree with me. Here are a few of his own comments:

–You can support the troops but not the president.

–American foreign policy is now one huge mystery.

–History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now.

–The President began this mission with vary vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions.

–There was no strategic plan for the war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today.

Each of these comments was made in dissension during periods when our troops were involved in operations within hostile environments. None make Tom Delay unpatriotic nor were intended to embolden our enemies, they simply offered an opposing view to American involvement on foreign lands–as the voices of dissension do today. No more and no less.

I offer this writing for one single purpose, to remind all Americans as we move closer to the mid-term elections that the only thing we ever have to agree upon is the right to disagree on anything. That an opposing point of view is not automatically unpatriotic nor wrong, it’s the very foundation of freedom and Democracy.

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  1. One Response to “Dissension is as American as Apple Pie”

  2. By IvanCarter | Reply to article

    One of the major problems with the current, increasingly right wing Congress, and the current Administration, is that they very often mistake dissent for disloyalty, in their rhetoric anyway, and in practice seem to limit rather than broaden the range of views, and dont seem to understand views other than their own very well, or even the need to be able, all of which would lead to bad policy, which, I would suggest, it has, as well as an increasing reliance upon hype and rhetoric, and increasing government scope, reach, and secrecy. all of which I believe, are in contravention of our founding fathers vision.

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