I'm a big believer in debate and difference of opinion.
It is never smart, even in a strong democracy, to declare some debate off limits. In a weakening democracy it is catastrophic.
After we were hit on September 11, 2001, we were in a state of national shock. Less than six weeks later, on October 26 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act was passed by a Congress that had little chance to debate it; many said that they scarcely had time to read it.
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