No doubt about it, the country is awash in conflicted emotions and strained loyalties. It isn’t surprising that, at a time of severe economic duress, there would be divergent opinions about how to ease the concerns of a troubled nation. What is disturbing, however, is the degree to which some of the more bizarre, right-wing assertions have been taken to heart by elements in the population who are in panic mode as a result and whose conclusions about what is going on are based on a series of non sequiturs.

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