So is dissent "touchy"? Nope. They can say anything they want. The government cannot put them in jail for it. Beyond that, they should have NO protection and no forum. The rest of us ought to shout them down and deprive them of their soap boxes and their positions of authority. Nothing in the first amendment requires the rest of us private citizens to help them spread their lies.
Dissent is "touchy" only for optional wars. Here, our national survival is at stake. Those who persist in pacifism, whether from befuddlement or ill-intentions, have shown their colors. Our national survival is VERY important to me and I, for one, am prepared to cut them no slack whatsoever.
I have. They're either old hippies, brainwashed college students, their professors, communists, PA backers and the disfunctional.
I saw them 1st hand recently in NYC at a peace march. It had really nothing to do with peace.
It was a platform for anti-Americanism. Palestinian flags were displayed and many of the demonstators wore black berets.
True pacifists amoung them would have been a mere handfull.