February 03, 2010

Once again, dissent is patriotic until ...

... you disagree with a "progressive" leader. Here's Newsweek's Jonathan Alter on the GOP's criticism of Obama's handling of the War on Terror (or, I should say, "Overseas Contingency Operations"):

"I wish they (Republicans) would look into their souls a little bit, is that if they convey over and over again that the president of the United States is weak, what does that do? It emboldens the terrorists."

Really? Like the following?

"You don't have the money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement.....President Bush's statements about children's health shouldn't be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress." -- Rep. Pete Stark, CA Democrat.
"It is clear that the Iraqi people don't want us there. It is clear that there is now a state of chaos in Iraq. And it is up to the Iraqi people to make themselves safe." -- Harry Reid, [Democratic] Senate Majority Leader.
"They (the Bush administration) are wrong, and they are leading American in a radical and dangerous direction (in Iraq). We need to get back on the right path.'' -- Howard Dean, Democrat Party Leader.
"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and - you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows - (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday." -- Harry Reid, [Democratic] Senate Majority Leader.
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings." -- Dick Durbin, Illinois [Democrat] Senator, on supposed US treatment of prisoners at Gitmo prison.

And so on.

Maybe these "progressives" ought to read what Slate's William Saletan wrote about patriotism and criticism of President Bush back in 2004:

When patriotism is impugned, the facts go out the window ...

If you dare to say these things, you're accused—as [Senator John] Kerry now stands accused by [Dick] Cheney and [Zell] Miller—of defaming America and refusing "to support American troops in combat."

Then there was this about the then-approaching 2004 election:

So now you have two reasons to show up at the polls in November. One is to stop Bush from screwing up economic and foreign policy more than he already has. The other is to remind him and his propagandists that even after 9/11, you still have that right.

Just as the GOP -- and the public -- still have the right to stop Barack Obama from further screwing up economic and foreign policy more than Bush -- and he himself -- already has.

Posted by Hube at February 3, 2010 01:34 PM | TrackBack

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But Hube, you forgot the rules.

1) Dissent is only patriotic when it is against a Republican.

2) Dissent against a Democrat is treasonous.

3) Dissent against Obama is RAAAAACIST!!!!!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at February 3, 2010 06:00 PM