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Political Satire as Old as Politics

The comic playwright Aristophanes was ridiculing Athenian leaders more than 2,000 years ago in Greece.  The "Mother Goose" rhymes of the 1600s were veiled commentary on the social and political events of Tudor England.  Benjamin Franklin, one of America's founding fathers, was known for his humorous writings that satirized political issues of the period. While people can be imprisoned, or even put to death for political satire in some countries, the First Amendment...

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