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Pelosi Is an Expert at 'Drowning out Opposing Views'

Why Speaker Pelosi's "drowning out opposing views is un-American" remark is steeped in irony.

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However, what is most sobering about this conversation about how to hold national debates is that here, in this country that considers itself to be the most democratic in the world, dissent is so rare and so frightening. We need dissent now more than ever - our representatives have just forked over $10 trillion to Wall Street and another $100 billion for wars. We should all be attending town halls right now and asking the hard questions, demanding accountability. Our representatives need to feel our anger at the selling out of everything we value. But this can only happen when we have all the facts and when we respect the other voices in the room. We absolutely must demand to be heard -- but never through violence, and not at the expense of silencing others.

Jodie Evans is a co-founder of Codepink: Women For Peace .