After everyone speaking out against every president from Washington to Obama but we can not now?
Well, I don't know when Republicans adopted this posture (Bush 1 was president when I was born). All I remember is that when Bush Jr was president, it was treasonous and unpatriotic to question a president's judgement, and if you ever spoke out against a president's actions (or his party's posture) you were no different than a terrorist...until the black guy got elected. Then it was our civil duty to question everything, we had to play devil's advocate, and we should not respect the office if we didn't agree with the person (Joe Wilson's "You lie" is an example)...until the orange man eked out an election win and now we're back to how things were from 2001-2009...with the added twist that if you question the president, you hate the country, you're a radical socialist, and that you should leave the country.
I have been following politics since Reagan's first term. It has always been patriotic to speak out against policies of leaders. Just as it has always been patriotic to stand with policies of leaders. I know that sounds confusing, but not everyone agrees with what every leader does. People used to joke about Reagan's obsession with jellybeans and with GHWB's word salads. We could also be for or against their policies. I was against the first Gulf War because people were talking about GHWB possibly marching to Baghdad and ousting Saddam. I was against it and peacefully protested against it.
September 11 is different. We all were attacked that day. We all stood behind each other. We all knew which group was responsible. Somehow, it became Iraq. I feel that is when speaking out against Republicans became a bad thing. We saw a rise in yellow ribbon magnets and "get in front of our troops if you can't get behind them" and certain people insisting they are more patriotic because they would not question Republican leadership.
We, as Americans, should absolutely question leadership. Hold them accountable. This notion of blind loyalty is dangerous.