Now That Donald Trump Will Be President, Dissent Is Once Again Patriotic

Leftist ‘historian’ Howard Zinn (not Thomas Jefferson) said during the run-up to the war on terror under President George W. Bush that “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” The phrase didn’t originate with Zinn, but it became a calling card for Democrats and liberals who opposed the President’s agenda, his policies and the man himself. Any push back on Democrats who balked at the President’s legislation as it related to the war on terrorism was quickly met with self-righteous outrage. “How dare you question my patriotism?”

In 2003, then-Senator Hillary Clinton said, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!”

Dissent was fashionable. Once the recession hit and President Bush’s approval numbers declined, the issue of dissent was mostly swept away for bigger concerns. However, dissent took center stage once again when Barack Obama was elected. Except for this time, dissent was out of the question


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