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Dissent in the 4th of July Parade
By John Harrington


July 14, 2006

July 4th Independence Day, the day we commemorate the founding of our nation a nation based on basic personal liberties. And one of the most cherished liberties is the freedom of dissent.

Personally, I support President Bush and his attempt to bring democracy and freedom to Iraq and I honor those men and women who serve us in this war. But I also believe that those who wish to disagree have the freedom to do just that even in the 4th of July parade. Actually, I can think of no better place to honor our cherished liberties than by allowing such dissent in our parade.

Go ahead and criticize those dissenting folks all you want. Heap as much scorn upon them as you wish. But let's not go down the path of reducing freedom because we disagree with someone. We have given up too much of our personal liberties already.

John Harrington
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: "I am just a retired teacher, who dabbles in politics."




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