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.
In the past, The Post often played an important role in informing and shaping the public dialogue of our nation. Never has it been more important for The Post to recommit to that role and demand that its reporters encourage, honor and safeguard the expression of legitimate dissenting views.
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