Dissent Is the Highest Form of Patriotism (Except When Democrats Run the Show and the Dissent is Aimed at Them)

On the April 14th edition of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’, Salon.com editor Joan Walsh spit fire in Sarah Palin’s general direction for having the temerity to describe some of Barack Obama’s un-American policies as, well, un-American.

“The choice of ‘un-American’ is a typical Sarah Palin, divisive thing to say.” she sneered.

Now this was a curious thing, coming from Walsh – considering that she herself called Republicans un-American just four months earlier (also on Hardball):

“The climate right now is that Republicans use everything they can to undermine and delegitimize this President. And it’s actually un-American. It’s traitorous in my opinion.”

This is hardly the only example of shameless hypocrisy from the Left when it comes to impugning the patriotism of their political opponents.

Nancy Pelosi – once a huge fan of disruptors – had this to say (along with Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland) with regard to tea party protests last August in opposition to ObamaCare:

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

Alrighty, then.

How about Maxine Waters? She’s very concerned about the tone of the tea parties. Apparently in her book, the ‘real patriots of America’ chant “F*CK THE US!” at their rallies. I guess there’s just not enough of that going on at tea parties in her view:Actually, I do agree with Walsh, Pelosi, and Waters – to an extent.

Not every American is American or patriotic.

For example, Bill Ayers is, technically, an American. He is a United States citizen, a resident of Chicago, and exercises his constitutional right to freedom of [inflammatory, radical, decidedly anti-American] speech regularly.

But I would never call a man who bombed New York City police headquarters, the Capitol building, and the Pentagon an American.

Certainly, a man who tramples the American flag is no patriot.

But I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.

It’s rare that I find myself on the same exact page as Hillary Clinton, but there you have it:

Videos from Newsbusters, Breitbart, and JammieWearingFool, respectively.

Cross-posted at Dan Cleary.

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