Sunday, June 12, 2005

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger
-- Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg trials.

Criticizing and undermining the president weakens the war on terror
-- "Reverend Russell Johnson of the Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster, Ohio, a leader of the Restoration Project, a group that was born out of the last election," speaking about the Democrat filibuster of judges, quoted in this weeks IHT.

See also here.

The increasing prevalence of the "criticism is treason" argument coming from the right is, in my opinion, one of the most worrisome trends in American democarcy.


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