Political Dissident – a dissenter from political orthodoxy.
Dissenter – a person who dissents from some established policy.
Political dissent is expressed dissatisfaction with policies of the government. Levels of expressed dissent may range from vocal disagreement to civil disobedience to the use of violence.
Repressive governments seek to punish political dissent. Protection of the freedom to conduct/express peaceful dissent is a hallmark of free and open societies.
Considering our established rule of law, what entity would fit the ‘political dissent’ profile?
What if the folks running the show are the true dissenters?
Occupy Corporation’s Susan Powell reports:
According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informant ‘this administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. If you’re not working for MSNBC or CNN, you’re probably on that list. If you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. It’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list.’
If you are a defender of the 3C’s (more specifically an outspoken Conservative, Christian, and Constitutionalist), you can be sure you are at the top of that list!
You can also add a 4th C to that list – Capitalist.
The fulfillment of the progressive vision is at hand. According to Dissent Magazine:
Health care is at the center of our collective demands for economic security, racial justice, gender equality and a fairer distribution of wealth in our society. Winning the battles over Obamacare will advance those and other issues, and help to unite disenfranchised communities and economically squeezed working- and middle-class families to win Big Things and build a better America.
That’s the message they are touting. Reality and history paints a completely different picture, however. Opportunity and freedom will be restricted, not enhanced, by this nation’s fundamental change of direction.
Our Rule of Law has been completely turned upside down. It’s the reason why the Tea Party is so reviled by both political parties.
Short of something unforeseen, it will only get worse.
However, this Administration is experiencing some dissent from an unlikely source. PBS.org reports:
More than anything, politics is about self-preservation, and the last two weeks provided numerous examples of how public opinion has turned so hard against the law that even its most ardent supporters are running for the hills. It’s not just red-state Democrats, like Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, distancing themselves from the law. It’s blue-state senators like Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen — and top blue-state recruits like Michigan’s Gary Peters and Iowa’s Bruce Braley, who voted for GOP legislation Friday that the White House said would “gut” the law. Nearly every House Democrat in a competitive district joined with Republicans to threaten the law. Without a quick fix, those ranks will grow.
Could the tide be turning? Stay tuned!
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