Distorting the ideals that define us as a people has become a national pastime for some of our public figures. In addition to obvious face-saving lies, unsubstantiated ‘facts’ are served up by right-wing politicians and surly Fox News media types. Providing a platform for far-right rants and lending media space to comments like those of Oklahoma’s Republican Senator Inhofe, who called the president “un-American,” test our patience and the limits of our commitment to “freedom of speech.”

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