Thursday, February 04, 2010

Under Bush Dissent Was "Patriotic"

Yesterday, while addressing the Senate Democrats, Obama said:

"Do you know what I think would actually make a difference.... If everybody here — excuse all the members of the press who are here — if everybody turned off your CNN, your Fox, just turn off the TV, MSNBC, blogs, and just go talk to folks out there, instead of being in this echo chamber where the topic is constantly politics. The topic is politics." (source)

Which immediately reminded me of this famous quote by Neville Chamberlain addressing England after "securing peace" with Hitler:

"My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds."

This is not the time to turn off the news, stop reading blogs or to "sleep quietly in our beds." I'm sure Obama and his administration would appreciate a lack of interest in politics so they can ram a health care reconciliation bill through and maybe Cap and Trade and Employee free choice with no one balking and without mass repercussions in the 2010 elections...

So I recommend you delve deeper and, like they always said when Bush was in the White House, question everything. Dissent is Patriotic.

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