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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    I would imagine that some people here think of the disruptions at town hall meetings as 'dissent' when actually they are more a form of civil disobedience that expresses a distrust of the notion of freedom of speech. As such, they run counter to the notion of a marketplace of ideas, and are thereby entirely un-patriotic.

    A democracy cannot function when disrespect toward one's fellow citizen arises in the form of wishing to drown out their voice. I have said so many times here when stating that I passionately want the Democrats to ensure that Republicans are a well represented voice during the time that they are minority in our government.
    There can be some merit to this. At the same time, representation is not merely about people's ideas but also their passions. When people are voicing anger, it is the duty of their representative to hear that anger, and to respond to that, just as much as to any idea or alternative proposal.

    Before the juggernaut of government can be moved in a new direction, it must be brought to a halt in the current direction. If a proposed bit of legislation is not seen as achieving the goals set out--in the matter of HR3200, if it will not, in truth, deliver substantive reform of healthcare and merely another layer of regulation, bureaucracy, cost, and ultimately taxation, then it is hardly an irrational position to say that HR3200 is worse than doing nothing, that the status quo--as bad as it may be--is preferable to the anticipated consequences of HR3200's passage.

    If one believes that to be the case--and I am one such person--then stopping HR3200 in its tracks is itself a positive step. Yes, there are other proposals and other ideas out there, and, yes, there should be meaningful discussion of them all, but the nature of Congress being as it is, that debate will not happen until the primary focus of the Congress, HR3200, is sent down to defeat.
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    I think us rebellious American-types have rubbed off a little on Laila.

    You know you have, i envy you for the chance you have to sort out your country.

    We're too far gone to get back many of our liberties like right to bear arms
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I'd like to think so. She is interested in shooting.

    Even more amazing considering when i first started the forum i was advocating a world ban on it o.O

    Nice to know i can grow out of such phases and walk into common sense :P


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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    I don't think dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Willingness to die for your country is. This is not the same as a willingness to serve in the military. Some people can serve in the military all their lives and never once set foot in a war zone or even close to one. An example outside the military of this is being a cop. They are willing to die so that others will not get harmed. A firefighter is another example. They are willing to put themselves in a deadly situation just so that others may live...even if they die.

    Another thing that is higher than dissent imo is a willingness to do whatever you can to make your country a better place. While dissent can often be a part of this process it is not the only thing that can be done to make your country a better place.
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Even more amazing considering when i first started the forum i was advocating a world ban on it o.O

    Nice to know i can grow out of such phases and walk into common sense :P
    wow..you wanted this forum banned? Or did I miss something???
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    Yet, its this foolish concept that wins wars for America. The most patriotic minded nation in the world has a track record for winning. France has a history of losing land to invaders while relying upon outsiders for salvation and they mock our patriotism. Coincidence?
    What makes you think that the United States is the most patriotic minded nation in the world? And what makes you think that the French aren't patriotic? As far as Western Europeans go, I've always thought of the French as being one of the MOST patriotic. In fact, they tend to go overboard sometimes, as in their frequent efforts to mandate the French language and suppress cultural things that are "un-French" such as wearing headscarves.

    Does patriotism win wars? I'm sure it helps...but it also has a lot of nasty effects, such as those I mentioned above in France. In this country, it often manifests itself in troglodyte anti-trade, anti-aid, and anti-immigrant fervor.

    I don't consider myself patriotic...not out of any hatred of my country, but because I try to avoid hive-mindedness. To paraphrase Mark Twain, REAL patriotism is supporting your government only when it deserves your support.
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    wow..you wanted this forum banned? Or did I miss something???


    Yeah you missed something :P


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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    To paraphrase Mark Twain, REAL patriotism is supporting your government only when it deserves your support.
    Mark Twain was a good guy...But he was wrong on this one. There is more to being patriotic than just supporting ones government...even when it's just when it deserves your support. Patriotism is also about the people and the culture and the history.
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post


    Yeah you missed something :P
    Ok wasn't sure Thought you were talking about the forum but now I'm guessing you were meaning patriotism?
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    Re: Is dissent the highest form of patriotism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Ok wasn't sure Thought you were talking about the forum but now I'm guessing you were meaning patriotism?
    Guns love, i was talking about guns


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