(LA Progressive) -- The history of America is a case study in the concept of dissent, from the Revolution against the King to abolition to worker’s rights, to anti-war movements, the Women’s Movement, civil rights, cultural dissent, to the Tea Party political dissent. Interwoven into the structural fabric of the American experiment is the basic premise of freedom: freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to voice dissent. Basically, freedom relies upon expression of dissent. Hence we have dissenting opinions, rules governing equal time in public discourse, minority opinions, and legislative, judicial, and executive procedures designed to encourage if not outright mandate contrary views and opinions.
In direct contradiction to the very nature of dissent in this nation’s history the President is now dredging up language more reminiscent of the McCarthy Era, a dark chapter in America’s progressive arc, that became a nationalistic rallying cry in support of the Vietnam War: namely “America, love it or leave it.” The Urban Dictionary defines the rallying cry as a “term used by those who don’t understand the concept of dissent.”