This Sunday’s Steyn column looks at the fake Jefferson quote that John Kerry, and plenty of others, have been throwing about to prove that they’re really patriotic.
One thing that we have always been told by Democrats and liberals is that we should listen to them because they are so much more intelligent than the rest of us.
But if that were true, why would they need to use fake quotes? And wouldn’t that also mean that they already knew the quotes were fake?
No matter, Dissent is good; dissent is patriotic, dissent is holy. Unless of course you are dissenting from one of their views, in which case you’re a fascist theocrat who is slave to “Big Oil”.
Dissent for its own sake is like the Democrats’ energy policy: We’re opposed to any kind of energy; we prefer to be mired in enervated passivity. If the right is full of armchair generals, the left is full of armchair generalities: Nothing can be done, any course is futile, everything’s a quagmire. All we can say for certain is that saying so for certain is the highest form of patriotism.
It’s truer to say that these days patriotism is the highest form of dissent — against a culture where the media award each other Pulitzers for damaging national security, and the only way a soldier’s mom can become a household name is if she’s a Bush-is-the-real-terrorist kook like Cindy Sheehan, and our grade schools’ claims to teach our children about America, “warts and all,” has dwindled down into teaching them all the warts and nothing else. Or as the Capital Times of Madison, Wis., concluded its ringing editorial on the subject:
“Thomas Jefferson got it right: ‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.’ And teaching children how to be thoughtful and effective dissenters is the highest form of education.”