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posted: 6/25/2014 1:01 AM

Misrepresentations border on treason

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Each day for many years I have read the Fence Post. The comments therein never cease to amaze me, made by people who do not keep themselves properly informed or have forgotten the evolution of our political history.

We have a president, regardless of your support or lack of same for his decisions or philosophy, who was elected by a majority of voters. Too many so-called "facts" and untruths are obtained from sources solely meant to incite emotions, project prejudiced points of view, or for monetary gain.

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This ruling would also pertain to others. There has been too much shouting of "fire" by pundits and not enough investigation and reporting of facts. It illustrates how far we as a people have fallen in our country by hiding behind and misusing the Constitution. The inane tirades by some media commentators are promoting this hysteria and warping the thinking of fellow citizens, resulting in violence and expanding further criticism of our country and government.

The recent killings in Las Vegas and the Bundy ranch standoff are evidence to this fact. It is now out of control and must be abated or stopped. It is at a stage where the U.S. Senate should introduce legislation similar to the Sedition Act of 1917 which, "Forbade the use of disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt."

Those convicted under the act generally received sentences of imprisonment for five to 20 years.

While currently there are reasons to criticize actions or inaction of our government, this act might bring sanity back to our unnecessarily divided society.

Freedom of speech is one thing. Sedition is another.

Clayton W. Brown

Kildeer

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