At the Litchfield Fair, I saw two T-shirts prominently displayed in a vendor’s tent: “F—- Biden” and “F—- Mills.”
How do you explain this to wide-eyed youngsters enjoying all the sights and sounds of a Maine fair?
The Bill of Rights says the government can’t limit free speech, but entities like the Litchfield Fair can control language as they see fit. Why he didn’t is an abomination.
How did our politics, not just campaign rhetoric, get so bogged down? Both sides are certainly guilty of going too far. Witness truly radical Democrats calling opponents “fascists” when, compared to the alarming rise of right-wing tyrannies around the world, both parties support a free press, an independent judiciary, the freedom of participate in mass demonstrations and the right to worship anywhere. as we please, or not to worship at all.
Still, why all the vitriol? Columnist Max Boot says Republicans are so alarmed by imaginary Democratic plots that 40 percent believe violence against the government can be justified. Because? I blame the far-right outrage machine, fueled by the social media dump, Fox News and more extreme outlets like NewsMax.
Discovered on Facebook: “Using Fox News to support your arguments is like saying you’re a marine biologist because you watch SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Dave Griffiths, Mechanic Falls
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