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Free Speech?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004 · No Comments

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Dan writes about some of his experiences walking around protest zones in NYC: “I could not figure out reasonable criteria for arrests. In one case, I was threatened with arrest unless I immediately crossed 71st street (against the light). When I did so, the cop on the other side of the street threatened to arrest me for jaywalking.”

It makes me so mad that there’s such tight scrutiny and arrests around anyone who might be perceived as wanting to express dissent from the status quo.

This is America. Let’s dissent. Let’s express our right to speak out and demonstrate our beliefs. It is not “unpatriotic” to question Bush or the war in Iraq. It is possible to both support the troops and disagree with our presence in Iraq.

Tags: politics