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It’s more than a little tiresome when conservative pundits go off, find some fringe college professor or anonymous poster at Democratic Underground or George Galloway (in Britain!) making some irresponsible or stupid remark, and then hold the statement up as “proof” that American liberals—and Democrats in particular—are all a bunch of raving lunatics. Especially when we can find sitting members of the United States Congress saying stuff like this:

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo’s [R-CO] office on Sunday tried to clarify remarks the congressman made on a radio show that the U.S. could threaten to “take out” Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalists were to attack the country with nuclear weapons.

Tancredo’s rumored to be running for president in 2008, by the way. Anyway, here’s the clarification: “I do not advocate this. Much more thought would need to be given to the potential ramifications of such a horrific response.” Yeah, just a bit more. Anyway, back to hearing about how the BBC edited out the “terrorist.” Those decadent leftists…

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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