Friday, April 30, 2004
Letter to NYTimes >> Peaceful Dissent is a Patriotic American Birthright
I have been detecting a growing trend of people "speaking truth to power." It's happening at all levels and I'm glad that you enabled it with General Wesley Clark's recent editorial ("Medals of Honor", 4/28/04). In this spirit, please permit me to address General Clark's assertion that "After risking his life in Vietnam to save others, John Kerry earned the right to speak out against a war he believed was wrong." In reality, John Kerry and I both earned the right to speak out by being born American. Peaceful dissent is a core democratic value and it is patriotic.