10.21.2006

I am a Patriot

"When Thomas Jefferson wrote that 'dissent is the highest form of patriotism,' he indicated our duty as patriotic Americans is not to keep obediently silent when the policies of our elected officials damage our country and its standing in the world. . . .

"We cannot, out of concern for 'politeness' or 'appropriateness,' abdicate our responsibility to speak out when we believe our nation's values have been severely undermined. If we keep silent, we submit to a dangerous national culture of obedience, which denigrates dissenters as treasonous and unpatriotic. This slavish deference to authority corrupts the soul, transforms our moral beliefs and freedom of conscience into objects for manipulation by those in power, and makes us weak, thoughtless and fearful.

"As President Eisenhower, who commanded Allied forces in Europe during World War II, advised, 'May we never confuse honest dissent for disloyal subversion.'"

-Mayor Rocky Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah, 2006

2 comments:

Jay said...

Great post. I loved it. One of the things that is often forgoten is the fact that the US was formed by great men who dissented from GB and took arms to defend protect their rights by giving a few lefts. I've think we've lost the spirit of honest dissent like Ike says. Now it seems to conform to party lines. Boo and two thumbs down on that. Both the donkey and the elephants are guilty its a flaw in the two party system but hey what do you do, can't break trAdtiON, TRAdition.

Walker said...

You quote, "This slavish deference to authority corrupts the soul, transforms our moral beliefs and freedom of conscience into objects for manipulation by those in power, and makes us weak, thoughtless and fearful."
This thought assumes that the current administration has the charismatic wherewithall to deliberately manipulate somebody. The syncophantic Republican is now a dwindling minority. Influentially speaking, this isn't Hitler and Goebbels we're talking about.
The conservative base has all but abandoned the Republican party. I don't think there are many left in this nation that don't see through the painfully transparent incompetence of the administration.
Patty, our views are probably 180 degrees from each other, and yet we're saying the same thing (albeit for different reasons). I think the majority of the people that present as "Bush-bot, yes men" are actually in the minority of the population.
I, among many other conservatives, now consider myself an independent. This incompetent tyrrany won't last long...