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Discussion in America means dissent.

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Dissent truly is patriotism in action.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.


Dissent is not only your right, it's your duty.
Responsible dissent is the essence of democracy.
Unlike lions and dogs, we are a dissenting animal.
I like the sayers of No better than the sayers of yes.
Dissent is essential to an effective judiciary in a democratic society.
Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.
In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
Dissent is what rescues the democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.
America was born of revolt, flourished on dissent, became great through experimentation.
To dissent from others' views is regarded as an insult because it is their condemnation.
Free society must fertilize the soil in which non-conformity and dissent and individualism can grow.
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent.
While some people think that dissent is unpatriotic, I would argue that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.  Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but its effects.
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.


No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.  Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Dissent is to democracy what discipline is to rearing children: proof that someone cares enough about an outcome to put effort into effecting a change.
Mere unorthodoxy or dissent from the prevailing mores is not to be condemned.  The absence of such voices would be a symptom of grave illness in our society.
Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters.  Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only a unanimity of the graveyard.
Dissent and dissenters have no monopoly on freedom.  They must tolerate opposition.  They must accept dissent from their dissent.  And they must give it the respect and the latitude which they claim for themselves.