Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 23, 2012

Citizens must be wary of nonsense guised as 'speech'

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Another function of free speech is to give buffoons the opportunity to tell us who they are. There are plenty of examples - including many of the political ads that ran in recent months.

But a key factor in making proper use of free speech is to challenge nonsense. It’s necessary to expose and discredit foolishness. Otherwise, it earns a legitimacy it does not deserve.

This is where the American people must react when confronted with silly and offensive political campaigns. Tolerating them or ignoring them isn’t enough. If you are disgusted with the current state of campaigning in this country, fight back.

How? Let candidates and their staff know what you think. Condemn the vulgarities of the political system at every turn, regardless of the party encouraging them.

Remember, this is your political system that’s being brutalized. Isn’t it time you took it back?

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Mitchel Olszak is a columnist for the New Castle (Pa.) News.

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