The below article is a very interesting read about an incident Jesse Ventura experienced when he vocalized his displeasure with the Iraq War and was punched in the face.
During the Bush/Cheney war-mongering run, no one could say anything in public about the illegitimate Iraq war. All the pre-Tea Partiers, who loved the neoconservatives (Bush/Cheney administration, the ones who were handed the presidency by SCOTUS on a silver platter) and would brazenly defend them and their nefarious war. My sister-in-law told me an incident she had during this time; she was in church with a progressive friend and they were discussing Michael Moore's movie Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) in whispers before services began. Someone overhearing them, in the pew in front, turned around, telling them to shut-up or go to another church because (in so many words) this church approves of this war and President Bush.
The Bush/Cheney run, turned reality into madness that continues to this day.