politics, history and the war on terror
Sunday, April 04, 2004
Is This Dissent?  


Main Entry: 1dis·sent
Pronunciation: di-'sent
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dissentire, from dis- + sentire to feel -- more at SENSE
1 : to withhold assent
2 : to differ in opinion

"He betrayed this country! He played on our fears. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure preordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place." - Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate Al Gore

"There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud." - Senator Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts

"The most interesting theory that I’ve heard so far—which is nothing more than a theory, it can’t be proved—is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis.… Now, who knows what the real situation is?" - Former Democrat Presidential Candidate Howard Dean

Debate is essential to our political process. Healthy debate allows differing viewpoints to be aired, and gives the public the opportunity to choose their leaders. Party leaders have a responsibility to keep the debate civil. There is no more serious decision an administration faces than to commit the American military to fight in foreign lands. At a time of war, the responsibility of the loyal opposition is to provide reasonable criticism and suggestions to improve the course of the nation's policy.

The nation does not benefit when the debate is poisoned by pure partisan hatred, rumor mongering and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. Trust in government is shattered, and a nation that should be united in its efforts to fight a common enemy instead turns inward to fight amongst itself. Only our enemies benefit when this happens.

Posted by bill roggio @ 10:37 AM