#1258 Dissent Is Essential

Anything that is non-violent is an acceptable form of protest in a Republic.
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

President Jefferson shares his view on what he calls an essential need for citizens to speak out about issues they disagree with and he explains why dissent is necessary for the health of American democracy.

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Illustration of the Boston Tea Party

Mild Protest

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From Clay:

When I watch the video of the athletes kneeling in silence, I see purpose, dignity, anguish, and conviction. What I don’t see is people brandishing semi-automatic weapons, people wearing camouflage fatigues, people wielding openly hateful, often racist signs denouncing the president of the United States, people calling for Second Amendment solutions to America’s ills. No, that was what one saw at a Tea Party rally during the Obama years, and it was always defended as a venerable American tradition drawn from the playbook of the Minutemen and the Boston Tea Party.

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What Would Jefferson Do?

The more compromise we can find, and the more civility and harmony between us, the likelier we are to prevail as a great nation.
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

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