Freedom of speech enables us to establish truth and discern it from propaganda. Sen. Steve Daines, I’m afraid, would have us taken in by the latter. Without fact-checking, we might not know that it is a debunked, fictional claim to charge, as Daines does, that Planned Parenthood “traffics human baby parts.” (See factcheck.org/2015/07/unspinning-the-planned-parenthood-video). Women stand to lose much with Daines’ Planned Parenthood defunding bill, and we should be proceeding with truth rather than manipulation.

Daines would have us believe that climate change is a hoax, that, even if it's occurring, it is questionable whether humans are responsible for it, and that fossil fuel use doesn't need to be cut. All false claims. In glaring hypocrisy, Daines turns his back on the lives of real children and our future when a threat is upon us with consequences indisputably dire. This is not hyperbole.

Where is the outrage? If Daines had his way, Jeff Sessions' vetting process would be whitewashed of Coretta Scott King's testimony: King testified that Sessions as U.S. Attorney used "the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” Most people, but not Daines, would find this testimony a highly relevant consideration for the office of attorney general. Instead, Daines describes the vetting of this Cabinet nominee as “hyper-partisan rhetoric.” More lies.

Shame on Daines for misleading propaganda. Many of us are watching him, we value truth, and we are not going to let him get away with it or "stand us down."

David Strong

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