As if the conduct of our daily affairs weren’t bewildering enough, the issue of abortion is thrust into the health-care debate, Sarah Palin appears on Oprah and Michele Bachmann conducts an interview on C-Span’s “After Words.” Are there no cooler heads left to prevail in this country or have we accepted the odd notion that our social construct demands a willingness to suffer fools gladly in the name of free speech, that every opinion deserves respectful scrutiny no matter how narrow or illogical the vision.

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