Remember when we were told that opposing the policies of the President was dissent, and that dissent was the highest form of patriotism? Remember when questioning someone's patriotism because they dissented was deemed unAmerican? Sure you do -- it was only a decade ago, and it came out of the mouths of liberals who were bound and determined to make George W. Bush a one term president from the day he was inaugurated.
Well, those days are gone, according to Gov. Dan Malloy, a Connecticut Democrat.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, questioned the patriotism of Republicans on Friday, saying their sole mission is to defeat President Barack Obama instead of passing meaningful legislation.
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"In other times taking those positions would be described as unpatriotic, but our politics have become so distorted that to be against a jobs bill is a good thing, and to be against health reform is a good thing," he said.
Now the interesting thing is that nobody on the Left has condemned Dan Malloy as unAmerican for questioning the patriotism of those who dissent from Obama's policies. And that doesn't even get into the fact that we know that the last stimulus package labeled as a "jobs bill" failed to produce jobs and that a majority of Americans are against the president's healthcare tax increase on all Americans. And we won't get into the many substantive proposals put forward by Republicans that are rejected out of hand by Obama and his congressional minions.
Frankly, Malloy's words were shameful. But they also illustrate a truth that I and other bloggers on the right have noted for a very long time -- dissent is only patriotic when the president is a Republican; the rest of the time it is unpatriotic, treasonous, or racist (or some combination of the three).