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Democratic Party Sheep Begin their Bleat: Nowadays, Dissent is Bullshit

During the Bush years, we heard again and again from members of the Democratic Party that “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.” They were right. Mark Twain put it another way:

The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.

Yet now Barack Obama is President. How does that change things?

Well, recently I’ve begun writing about plans for an Inauguration demonstration of people holding signs calling on Barack Obama to keep his oath of office by acting to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.” Pretty innocuous, I thought; not even really a protest, but just some Inauguration Day advocacy. But some partisans have been telling me what they think of even the gentlest speech and assembly directed at their hero, Barack Obama:

Okay free speech all around………..
So, lets encourage 911 truters to shout on megaphones, and Pro-lifers with their “Barack is a baby killer” posters.

Typical

When will we have an all out label for these folks, the single issue people who care nothingabout change and more about complaining.

Why waste your time…
…and be a downer on everyone else’s parade at the same time?

Timing is everything…
…and by protesting at the celebration of the man you supposedly support for the sins of his predecessor you are showing poor timing, poor taste, and a remarkable degree of political tone deafness. You will irritate the people whose support you need and at best be shrugged off: “Oh he’s one of those kooks who’ll protest anyeverything”. At worst you get your ass kicked for being a downer on a happy day…

What a bunch of idiots! It is estimated that close to four million supporters will be there to inhale this historic moment. No way will you be heard or seen, and by the way, this is not 1955. People are no longer tolerant of your racist, biased rhetoric. Go crawl back under the rock you slithered out from. It is a new clear day.

It is a shame that the GOP must resort to such low measures as having one of their paid staffers start this forum. Don’t be fooled folks. We finally broke the chains of opression. The goal of this forum is just to give the GOP control again.
DC Bob

To be fair and complete, I’ve also gotten a lot of words of support from people who care about the Constitution, people who voted for Barack Obama but are, like me, distressed at the President-Elect’s apparent indisposition toward resolving. Beyond words of support, I’ve gotten help from people like Jon Pincus of Get FISA Right and Ben Masel of Madison, who’s putting together a similarly-inclined but more specific “Stop Government Spying” Inauguration presence. There are a lot of people who care more about principle than playing politics as if it were a team sport. I recognize and applaud those people.

But I do read the words above, and I do hear words from prominent Democratic Party insiders like Lanny Davis on NPR’s Talk of the Nation today, (responding to a question about people who think Barack Obama’s cabinet appointments are not liberal enough):

Every political party has an ideological core that I call “purist” that are dogmatic and ultimately hates the person they started out supporting when they slightly compromise. So Barack Obama, having the backbone to stand up to some of the more intolerant strands of what Matt has written about is good for Barack Obama and good for the Democratic Party and good for the country.

If you voice a position that doesn’t fit with the party line, you’re a typical biased single issue purist racist intolerant kook downer paid GOP staffer? Yeesh.

I encounter these words and I am reminded: yes, the Democratic Party has its sheep too. Their bleat: “Dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Nowadays, dissent is bullshit.”

7 comments to Democratic Party Sheep Begin their Bleat: Nowadays, Dissent is Bullshit

  • Ralph

    Dissent is a good thing and all, but by golly it’s just never the right TIME for it, is it?

    Not when a war hasn’t even started yet.
    Not after a war has started with troops in the field.
    Not before an election, when you could hurt a candidate’s chances of winning.
    Not after an election, when everybody just wants to celebrate without you raining on their parade…

  • Ben Masel

    Park Service now admits no permit’s needed to hold signs, so long as you’re not part of a “group” of 25 or more.

    However, someone’s applied for a permit under the name “Change We Can Believe”‘ for the 900 block north side, the space I’d announced in front of the FBI Building, claiming 10,000 attendees. (No way to fit 10,000 on that stretch of sidewalk, it’s wide, but it’d only take 2,500 sardine style.)

    Still plan to show there with a large “STOP GOVERNMENT SPYING” banner, see how it plays.

    Signpoles are not allowed, persuant to litigation around the 2001 inaugural.

  • tom

    Good luck at the inauguration guys! It should be monumental, if only for the history being made.

    Let’s hope Obama gets it right. Yeah, he’s appointed some Clinton people (including Hill if i’m hearing correctly), but let’s give it a chance to work before we come down on his plans.

    Wow, getting rid of Bush and Cheney is finally going to happen! It’s hard to believe we’ve fallen so far. Bush is still trying to change things for the corporate people so they won’t have to “worry”. The massive redistribution of wealth UPWARD (ie. to the rich) may finally end and hopefully corporations will have to pay more taxes too. If the same corruption plagues this congress and this administration, we’re going under – its as simple as that. People are hanging on by a thread, in fear of losing their jobs with healthcare way out of reach. Something significant (like putting millions back to work on the infrastructure of the nation and growing a huge green tech sector) has to happen or we can forget about America as anything but an empty shell.

    i’m hoping, and i’ll give Obama a chance, but i’m not going to sit by while all these Bush policies remain in force: the Military Commissions Act, FISA the way it is now, and on and on. A LOT has to change JUST TO GET US BACK TO WHERE WE WERE 8 YEARS AGO!

  • Jim

    Tom, aren’t you coming? You always said people should be out there in the streets, right? Here’s your chance!

    Ben, where were you able to find that permit information? Is there a searchable database, or was this info from personal conversation with the National Park Service?

  • Ben Masel

    Jim, Call back from the Park Service.

    I suspect it’s not the Obama team per se, rather some groupie who saw my postings about plans for the “SPYING” banner.

  • Jim

    Fun-fun conspiracy theorist buys full-page ad in Chicago Tribune containing outright falsehoods.

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