(from Yvette Barksdale) re: Conservatives denounce dissent

Volokh, Eugene VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu
Tue Nov 13 19:52:56 PST 2001



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barksdale, Yvette [SMTP:7barksda at jmls.edu]
>
> > >
> > > <Note to list: Glenn's post came in when I was typing this - as
> > > you can see,
> > > I agree with him. What is all the fuss about?>
> > >
> > > Okay. Well, just on the merits of Lynne Cheney's groups' criticism. I
> > have
> > > to admit I've never understood  this particular  argument that
> > > criticism of
> > > the government, even during war time, or times of national crisis,  is
> > > somehow unpatriotic. It seems that particularly during times of
> national
> > > crisis it is important for citizens to be vigilant and keep watch to
> > make
> > > sure that the the crisis is handled properly. All of us have a
> > > lot at stake
> > > here. In these circumstances, how is a see no evil, hear no evil,
> > attitude
> > > patriotic?  Instead, it  seems a recipe for disaster.
> > >
> > > This is particularly true for academics, whose job it is to think deep
> > > thoguhts (more or less) and to challenge conventional wisdom. Who else
> > has
> > > the luxury of time to  think about these issues, to distance
> > > themselves from
> > > emotions of the moment and think clearly, or at least try to,
> > > think clearly
> > > about matters of great national import. Is Cheney suggesting that
> > > people who
> > > sincerely believe the government is heading in the wrong direction
> > should
> > > lie, and line up like lemmings behind what in their considered
> judgment
> > is
> > > poor policy? Or stand idly by and do nothing while, the country heads
> > over
> > > the brink?
> > >
> > > Indeed a wise government, and hopefully her husband and his boss are
> > such,
> > > would want to hear all sides of an issue before they make policy.
> > > They would
> > > want to encourage dissent, not silence it.
> > >
> > > What is really scaring about our handling of this crisis, is how
> easily
> > we
> > > are willing trade what I thought were our core national beliefs for
> the
> > > false illusion of security. With all due respect to posters,
> > > whose thoughts
> > > I deeply respect - our recent torture is of this ilk - no matter what
> > our
> > > principles are - the question is not whether we will sell them,
> > > but only how
> > > cheaply. I remember the movie Brazil, in which torture was simply a
> > > bureaucratic job, which had been regularized, and santized and
> > legitimized
> > > by rational argument that somehow some short term gain, justified the
> > loss
> > > of our humanity.
> > >
> > > Similarly, our growing number of disappeared persons (including
> > > one who died
> > > in custody). Who are they, where are they?
> > >
> > > And now, the idea that simply talking about flaws in our handling of
> > this
> > > crisis is something tantamount to treason is to me frightening.
> > >
> > > If this is our attitude, what is it  that makes us different than
> > > any other
> > > junta?
> > >
> > >
> > > yb
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > *********************************************
> > > Professor Yvette M. Barksdale
> > > Associate Professor of Law
> > > The  John Marshall Law School
> > > 315 S. Plymouth Ct.
> > > Chicago, IL 60604
> > > (312) 427-2737
> > > (email:)  7barksda at jmls.edu
>
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