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Honest disagreement no longer ‘patriotic’

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:11 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2009 10:09 p.m.
I continue to be flummoxed by how quickly liberal Democrats have gone from calling political dissent against the party in power “patriotic” to yelling for Dick Cheney to shut up.

I suppose I should not be surprised — the Democrats have continually proven that it is free speech for me, but not for thee — but I can’t help but be frustrated by it.

Democrats, from politicians all the way down to the sometimes voter who occasionally watches the news (or gets all his news from Colbert and Stewart) are calling for an end to the debate over America’s national security policies.

The premise for these calls seems to be that now that Obama has won, all opposition must end.

The Bush “error” has been corrected, so shut the heck up.

But the Bush administration, due in large part to the experience and sound judgment that Dick Cheney brought, kept America safe after 9/11.

So safe, in fact, that even as the Obama administration sets forth to undo some of those policies (while quietly agreeing that others cannot possibly be put to an end), our intelligence apparatus continues to unravel plots by Islamic terrorists against U.S. interests.

It is perfectly acceptable to disagree with what Bush did or Cheney says.

The duplicity lies in the calls for the immediate past administration to simply fade quietly into the sunset when other recently past presidents (Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, to name two) went out of their way to criticize Bush’s every move.

Rather than stifle debate, let us embrace it and participate in it.


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