Dissenting from Dissent.
Yehudit relates an e-mail list exchange at Winds of Change the most important part of which is:
1) Evaluate Decision. Is there dissent?
A. Yes. Proceed to Step 2.
B. No. No? Bull. Unless your problem is trivial (Who wants Ice Cream?) there is always dissent. You've simply managed to ignore it already. Proceed directly to Step 2.A
2) Do you wish to Ignore Dissent?
A. Yes, Ignore Dissent. Implement Your Decision. You're done!
B. No, Do not Ignore Dissent. Review situation, and generate New Decision. Return to step 1.
In fact, and the comments that follow the above flow, it is obvious deviation and criticism of dissent is every bit as protected as dissent is (by our first amendment, it is pointed out putting dissenters in front of firing squads is actually 2A in its extreme form). The whine we hear is not brave dissent but people who lost an argument and are trying to win the argument by trying to convince everyone else that dissent automatically makes them correct.
Go ahead dissent, but don't whine or be surprised when people don't agree with you. After all, isn't dissent all about being disagreeable with the majority?