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November 11, 2005
Bush: Dissent is Dangerous

George Bush decided to celebrate Veterans Day by warning critics of his foreign policy that they are helping the enemy.

He respects the service of our veterans, who fought (sometimes) to protect our freedom and for our ideals, by pissing all over those freedoms and ideals.

First, he backhandedly acknowledged that it's "legitimate" to criticize his policy.

"While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decisions or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."

Yeah, rewriting history. That's bad. Damned if I can think of a single example of his administration doing that. Oh wait, I can think of about a thousand.

He continued...

"...the terrorists are as brutal an enemy as we've ever faced, unconstrained by any notion of our common humanity or by the rules of warfare."

Oh, ha ha. He must not have noticed that his very own Vice President has recently been publicly campaigning to have our intelligence agents expressly unconstrained by the rules of warfare.

Finally, the most shameful, un-American part...

"The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will."

Speech Transcript

The gall of this man literally makes my stomach turn. Where does he get the balls to say this kind of thing? Not only is it profoundly hypocritical—politicians throwing out false charges? See, for one example, implying that your opponent for Texas governor is gay or that a wounded Vietnam veteran opponent is a traitor—but it goes against everything we're supposed to believe in, not to mention negating the point he tried to make earlier in the very same speech.

What he considers "baseless" is not the measure of tolerable dissent. All dissent is not only tolerable, it should be encouraged. We have no responsibility to put on a happy face and pretend that we all agree in the name of "supporting the troops" or maintaining an appearance of unified will to our "enemies."

Finally, once again, the invasion of Iraq was not about global terrorism, it was about crass and deadly opportunism. If wasn't even sold originally as being about terrorism. Stop rewriting history, you monumental douche.

Hopefully, we as a country are smart enough not to let this rehashed rhetoric sway us from our increasingly common view of this man and his leadership. They're just trying to go back to what worked before. Scare people into submission and accuse critics of giving comfort to the enemy.

Sad, sick, and evil.

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