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Editor's Note: Yum.

- Via A Tiny Revolution

Here's Kenneth Pollack in The Threatening Storm:

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We are at a fork in the road of our policy toward Iraq, and the path we choose to take will have enormous repercussions. We are part of the world's most vibrant democracy...it is critical that we engage in a comprehensive and informed public debate and make a choice that the American people can strongly support.

Vibrant!

When one of Deborah Mayer's elementary school students asked her on the eve of the Iraq war whether she would ever take part in a peace march, the veteran teacher recalls answering, "I honk for peace."

Soon afterward, Mayer lost her job and her home in Indiana. She was out of work for nearly three years. And when she complained to federal courts that her free-speech rights had been violated, the courts replied, essentially, that as a public school teacher she didn't have any.

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If Kenneth Pollack ever asks my opinion about how he got everything so wrong, I will point him to the "world's most vibrant democracy" sentence, and say, "That was your mistake right there."

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Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at maleon64@yahoo.com.

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