This tolerance of dissent was founded on the idea that we would at least embrace some common ideals and pursue some common goals. The theory was that reasonable people might, in some cases disagree about goals, methods and principles, but they would use their rational faculties to attempt to overcome those disagreements for mutual gain and approach toward the common ideals. This is clearly only theory and not actual practice. In actual practice, we have people who express dissent while embracing opposing ideals, refusing to employ their rational faculties (or not in possession of any) and no intent to allow anything other than full compliance with their whims. In times of war, this is treasonous because it gives aid and comfort and because its intent is to promote the defeat of the common ideals.Please feel free to cite examples in regards to this. I remember, vaguely, some time ago that Bill O'Reilly said something akin to "now that we're at war it's time to shut up and support the President" or it was Savage and I'm likely paraphrasing somewhat but not by much.First They Came for the JewsFirst they came for the Jewsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew.Then they came for the Communistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist.Then they came for the trade unionistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for meand there was no one leftto speak out for me.Pastor Martin Niemöllerhttp://www.telisphere.com/~cearley/sean/camps/first.html
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