- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

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

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