Transcript of Tim Robbins Speech to the National Press Club

The ability to disagree is one of the central parts of our Bill of Rights. And, apparently, the inability to listen to people you disagree with is an inherent part of most human beings. It is easier to say “Why listen to what a celebrity has to say?” than to actually listen to them. It is easier to listen to the sounds of division than the sounds of dissent. That is what is so hard to see happening in America today. The same politicians that slandered Clinton during the bombing of Kosovo, who said you can support the troops without supporting the Commander In Chief are the same ones who question the patriotism of anyone who voices the slightest dissent today. It is hard to follow hypocrites into the jaws of battle.