Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.
I am not advocating banning or taxing uncivil speech, but I do question its value. As we encourage newspaper readership and civic engagement, we should also converse with our students about free speech, hate speech, and civility in general.
Within a few hours of the Tucson shootings, the national political narrative transformed into a soul-searching query: How has our society come to this season in hell, and what must be done to heal us? The right's panic about this shift was palpable.