Monday, February 23, 2009

Democrats Questioning The Patriotism Of Dissenters

Funny how things change when the shoe is on the other foot.

Once upon a time (shortly before the November election), dissent was considered patriotic in every anti-Bush camp that practiced it. Indeed, attacking dissent was fascist and un-American.

But that was once upon a time. When Barack Obama and the Democrats took power in Washington and themselves became subject to dissent, the principle abruptly changed. Suddenly, those who preached the virtues of dissent became its harshest demonizers.

The turnaround is being illustrated right before our eyes. Obama and the Democrats are dynamically and strategically pulling the “patriotism” card to win policy debates, assigning it to their positions and using it to rebuff their opponents. And by their own words from once upon a time, their strategy is dangerous.

Remember all that stuff about “dissent being the highest form of patriotism?”