This entry is a comment posted to a column by Dennis Palumbo to the Huffington Post on May 23, 2009.
It is unfortunate that the United States has descended to this level.
During the Bush/Cheney years, several evil ideas became a part of the culture:
1. Publicly disagreeing with the presidency makes us less safe. In fact, many right wingers likened such discussion to sedition.
2. Not throating full fledged support of a war is equal to not supporting the soldiers.
There were more but most boiled down to the polarizing “If you ain’t with us then you’re agin us”, reminiscent of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 and the Sedition Act of 1918.
In this age of information, it takes a combination of government lies, media complicity and individual suspension of disbelief for lies to become truth. That is why there is a call for transparency in government and better quality in media. Such change will be gut-wrenching but it will be worthwhile.
To that end, it is vital that Dick Cheney be allowed and even encouraged to spew his propaganda. He has been a part of the worst the United States has to show for decades. It is also vital that the truth be made available to those who will speak against Cheney and his fellow travelers.
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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost