So we were told just a few short years ago. When we had a Republican president, those on the left constantly reminded us that speaking out against the government was our right, a higher calling - and that criticism of such was anti-American and wrong. Frankly - I agree with those who believe this. One of the greatest strengths of our nation is that we are free to speak our mind, without fear of injury or incarceration - irrespective of what our views are.
Now, however, times have changed. We have a Democratic Congress and a very liberal president. Surely, however, "dissent is the highest form of patriorism" still applies.... Right?
Now, if you don't like the far-reaching, enormous health care bill that Congress passed, you're a racist. Or a lunatic. Or an offshoot of the former KKK. So says the New York Times' Frank Rich, and Washington Post's Colbert King, and so on and so forth.
But, it really is not about race. And frankly, I am sick to death of hearing that it is.
President Obama could not have been elected president if he had not received strong support from white people. He did receive the support of many - because many believed what Obama said when he was campaigning and thought that he was the superior candidate for president.
Times change and opinions change. People are protesting not because they are vicious racists or because they "can't stand to see a black man in charge" or any of the other ridiculous statements that have been made. They are protesting because they don't see a president who is leading in a "post-partisan" manner. They do not see a government that is protecting our freedoms and being fiscally responsible. They are protesting because of the manner in which this legislation was stuffed down our craw, irrespective of what the people wanted.
If you believe the B.S. that has been splattered about today's protestors, in contrast to those who came before them on the left just a few short years ago, then take a trip down memory lane.
Those who slur Tea Partiers and other protestors do so for one very important reason. They cannot meet the arguments of those who are critical with strong rebuttals. So - instead, they resort to slurs and slander.
Don't let them get away with it.