MSNBC's Cenk Uygur and Dem Congressman: Dissent Is Unpatriotic

Q. When did liberals rip those 'Dissent Is Patriotic' bumper stickers off their Priuses?

A. January 20, 2009

Latest evidence: on his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama's Libya policy is "unpatriotic." For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is "cheering for the wrong team."

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To his credit, liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne dissented, saying he doesn't like it when people who are opposed to policy are criticized as unpatriotic.  

But could Cenk, Ackerman and their ilk possibly be more hypocritical?

 

GARY ACKERMAN: I believe that he [President Obama] has this exactly right, and the Republicans are having a fit over it because they don't know what to do.  Their entire purpose is to pull the rug from out under the president and sabotage his administration and his success which of course is the success of our country.  That's not what we could be cheering for and be happy about. That should not be our goal.  When I disagreed with President Bush I hoped I was wrong and not him because he was dictating the policy and it was unacceptable for our country to get it wrong.  They're cheering for the wrong team, which is what the problem is.

CENK UYGUR: Because I remember the Bush years, and if you said anything against Bush it was: oh my God, you're endangering the troops!  What's the matter with you?

ACKERMAN: Unpatriotic.

UYGUR: Unpatriotic, exactly right. Now E.J., isn't it a little unpatriotic here for the Republicans to turn so quickly against a president, less than a week into a war?  I mean, that sounds like they're going against the Commander-in-Chief.  Sarah Palin did it outside of the country, like the Dixie Chicks!  How could she?

E.J. DIONNE: You know, I never have ever liked it when somebody criticizes another American who opposes a policy for being unpatriotic.

Mark Finkelstein
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