John Kerry is apparently recycling a fake Thomas Jefferson quote:
He got it from Thomas Jefferson. "This is not the first time in American history when patriotism has been distorted to deflect criticism and mislead the nation," warned Sen. Kerry, placing his courage in the broader historical context. "No wonder Thomas Jefferson himself said: 'Dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.' "
Close enough. According to the Jefferson Library:
"There are a number of quotes that we do not find in Thomas Jefferson's correspondence or other writings; in such cases, Jefferson should not be cited as the source. Among the most common of these spurious Jefferson quotes are: 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' " . . .
The quote apparently originated with one Dorothy Hewitt Hutchinson, ca. 1965. For those of you in the "reality-based" left, for whom this may be all too confusing, allow me to help:
Thomas Jefferson is the one on the right.