Dirty tricks have been part of the political scene from the beginning of this Republic. In an earlier era political opponents were known to vilify each other using the most vicious terms and charges possible. Their words and tactics make the current "negative campaigning" pale in comparison.
However, the dirty tricks have taken an ominous turn in modern America. Government itself will often engage in a covert war against citizens. To a degree this, too, has been part of the landscape for many years. But this time it is much different.
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