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What one does is important, but what one says can be just as important.
In fact, we even have laws stipulating what can or cannot be said.
You can’t launch a volley of vulgarity in a public restaurant. You can’t yell “Fire!” in a building just for fun. You can’t joke about having a gun in an airport.
Oddly enough though, there’s no law against lying.
When running for governor or the House or any other political office, you can pretty much say anything you want without risking prosecution for conveying a falsehood, for stretching the truth a bit, for distorting the facts, for making up facts, for misinforming or misleading, for fabricating fiction, for political prevarication, or for being an outright liar.
Yes, there’s a lot of stretched truths and brazen mistruths tossed around lately. I find myself predisposed to sudden body weight loss when I hear a politician leveraging emotional rants of “secure our borders” or “smoke out the terrorists” to justify trampling civil rights or promoting racist behavior under the flag of patriotism.
But there is something far worse than the ubiquitous lies and distortions inundating us these days.
We are suffering from a pathology of apathy that infects citizens coast to coast.
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