Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Dissent Is Patriotic

Dissent Is Patriotic

I find it rather hilarious—if not unsettling—when one political party is in office and it accuses the opposing party of sedition for not supporting its policies.

For example, when Bush and the Republicans were in office, they demanded that Americans support the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any American who dared protest the wars was branded as “unpatriotic” or “un-American.”

Now Obama and the Democrats are in office, and they’re demanding that Americans support the economic stimulus and healthcare bill. Any American who dares protest the stimulus and bill is branded as “unpatriotic” or “un-American.”

Both parties tend to forget that this country was built upon dissent. We as Americans have every right to support or protest the powers that be, and we have the constitutional right to voice our opposition and come together in peaceful protest. So unless we’re calling for the death of the president, or our protests turn to bloody riots, our dissent is completely patriotic and American.