Make up your minds. Is dissent patriotic or not??
It's rather disturbing when two high ranking officials in the legislative branch of government bristle at dissent. The very essence of the first amendment is the right to criticize government without fear of retribution from said body.
I say it's high time that more Republicans say something like this:
I'm sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.
In 2003, then Senator Hillary Clinton actually shrieked that very diatribe. And of course she was lauded for taking the Bush administration to task over their alleged attempts to suppress opposition to the Iraq war. It was complete bull pucky of course, as President George W. Bush rarely hit back at his detractors, much less having displayed the petulance exhibited by the White House's current occupant. And the Bush administration endured far more blatant invective than anything the Obama presidency has seen.
The outcry from citizens over the past six months has been more of strenuous objections to President Obama's policies as opposed to ad hominem attacks, which were seen on a regular basis during the Bush presidency.
I guess labeling protesters as "un-American" is easier than having to defend disastrous policies.