Si­lenc­ing dis­sent here in Amer­ica

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Things have gone much too far in this coun­try when gov­ern­ment can sin­gle out a prom­i­nent pri­vate ci­ti­zen and re­lent­lessly at­tack him with the in­ten­tion of ru­in­ing his rep­u­ta­tion. In ethics, this is called calumny, defama­tion and de­trac­tion and is a ma­jor of­fense against de­cency. When this per­son has an unim­peach­able record of truth-telling, the plot be­comes even more se­ri­ous.

The on­go­ing cam­paign to de­stroy Rush Lim­baugh is a pa­thetic ex­am­ple of the moral bank­ruptcy that per­vades a grow­ing seg­ment of the na­tional stage. It is aimed not only at Mr. Lim­baugh, but also at the fun­da­men­tal virtues of hon­esty and courage and the fun­da­men­tal right to free speech.

Whether Pres­i­dent Obama’s poli­cies fail or don’t fail, whether any­one hopes or doesn’t hope that they do, the is­sue here is free speech. If that fails, the Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence in democ­racy comes to a dis­hon­or­able end.

Truth is more pow­er­ful than the de­vi­ous plans of in­tol­er­ant peo­ple. It’s time to go on the of­fen­sive in de­fense of it. El­iz­a­beth Ward Nottrodt Bal­ti­more, Mary­land

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