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Friday, April 07, 2006

President Bush at CPCC:

"President Bush isn't used to tongue-lashings, but he got a scolding Thursday from a North Carolina man who told the president that he should be ashamed of himself.

"'While I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water," real estate broker Harry Taylor told Bush at a town hall meeting. "I have never felt more ashamed of nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington.'

"A few minutes later, two men in uniform appeared and dragged Taylor, kicking and screaming, from the auditorium as other members of the audience sat and watched in stunned silence. A gunshot was heard a few minutes later. The president concluded his speech, every sentence greeted by muted applause."

OK, I made up the last part. But that's evidently the world in which Rosemary Roberts lives, as evidenced by her wish for a modern-day Claus von Stauffenberg, who "refused to sit on the sidelines and remain silent."

Yeah, I'd describe exploding a bomb in a conference room as active dissent. And no one in their right mind would argue that the world would have been spared further trauma had von Stauffenberg succeeded in taking out Hitler.

But by using von Stauffenberg as an example in an opinion piece bemoaning the supposed lack of modern-day dissent, is Roberts not suggesting his tactic be used against our president?


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