Dissent is Patriotic

I don’t have to remind you that America was built on dissent.

Those wonderful dissenters who gathered in Philadelphia to forge the Declaration of Independence, were marked men, dead men, if captured by the British.

They were willing to pay the ultimate price to secure freedom, for themselves and for those who followed.

During wars, dissent is usually toned down, because unity is important. In a just cause, forbearing from discussing misgivings about the conflict can be useful, important to securing the greater good and ultimate peace, while denying encouragement to the enemy.

But once doubt reaches a certain threshold, once it becomes apparent that a government has been lying about its rationale for entering a war, or sustaining hostilities to perpetuate a ruse, then the time to dissent is upon us.

In the early 1960’s, The Gulf of Tonkin incident was used, and many say was carefully choreographed, to justify a huge deployment of troops to Vietnam. “We were attacked!” President Johnson told Congress and the American people, and “Our national security is at stake!” was asserted.

A similar ruse has been orchestrated by W’s administration.

Ask yourself this question: Why must we remain in Iraq until 2009, or beyond?

Is it because Bush said so?

Given his mendacity, who can trust him?

His purpose for waging war was wrong. His methods for conducting the war and for nation building have been wrong. And his timetable for withdrawal is wrong.

Let your voice be heard now, and loudly, as we move toward midterm elections.

Remember, dissent is patriotic!

Dr. Gary S. Goodman, President of http://www.Customersatisfaction.com">http://www.Customersatisfaction.com is a popular keynote speaker, management consultant, and seminar leader and the best-selling author of 12 books, including Reach Out & Sell Someone® and Monitoring, Measuring & Managing Customer Service, and the audio program, “The Law of Large Numbers: How To Make Success Inevitable,” published by Nightingale-Conant. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, worldwide. A Ph.D. from USC's Annenberg School, a Loyola lawyer, and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, Gary offers programs through UCLA Extension and numerous universities, trade associations, and other organizations in the United States and abroad. He holds the rank of Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. He is headquartered in Glendale, California, and he can be reached at (818) 243-7338 or at: gary@customersatisfaction.com

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