Stand up for the truth and keep devotion to the ‘American Creed’

Kudos to The Examiner editorial staff for defending the free press in your "Our View" editorial, Aug. 16.

I appreciate your insight that the term “fake news” has little to do with facts, and much to do with dismissing inconvenient truths. To paraphrase Daniel Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.”

As a former journalist I particularly rankle at colleagues being called “enemies of the people” when the real enemies of our current day are extreme nationalism, authoritarianism, racism, and a long list of other “isms” I thought we had finally learned from and had begun to lay to rest.

The resurgence of these extreme views and their proponents is alarming, but I take heart in the voices of those with courage to speak up for what Gunner Myrdal called the “American Creed” – devotion to principles of liberty, self-government and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, or nation of origin.

Among these voices are two recent books with the hopeful message that our nation has weathered such troubling times before, and has eventually harkened to what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

Both books speak of recapturing the essence of America’s soul: “The Common Good” by Robert Reich and “The Soul of America” by Jon Meacham.

For all who are speaking up for the core principles of our republic, may you find encouragement in that old Gray Panther slogan: Fight Truth Decay!

Jim Hannah, Independence