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George Pyle: How to save democracy? Don’t get your news from Facebook.

“I’m gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause, even if this room gets filled with lies like these!”

— Sen. Jefferson Smith, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” (1939) (The James Stewart/Frank Capra movie that isn’t “It’s a Wonderful Life.”)

They were two old geezers who lived in the town where I was helping to run a newspaper. We were familiar with them because they could be counted on to be opposed to just about anything anyone else was for and gave themselves status by creating, leading and, as far as anyone could tell, being the only members of the Saline County Taxpayers Association.