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At the Bush Inaugural, The Right to Be Heard

Wednesday, January 19, 2005; Page A18

Joel Achenbach's condescension toward those who are protesting the extreme policies of our government ["Inaugural Bash," Style, Jan. 15] seems to be hip within the Beltway these days. Many pundits have adopted the Bush administration's dismissive attitude toward dissent.

But just two years ago these same protesters were making a case against George Bush's plans to invade Iraq. Then, as now, they were dismissed, and now we are stuck with Mr. Bush's quagmire and out-of-control military spending in Iraq.

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