I am filled with outrage about Hugh Hewitt's failure to acknowledge in his Dec. 28 op-ed, "2017 launched the era of outrage," that the many human failures and violations of justice in 2017 deserve and even demand a legitimate expression of outrage. And this has nothing to do with hating those who hold alternative views. It has nothing to do with one's political views or with any political ideology. Rather, it has to do with egregious attacks on our moral sensibilities when our fellow human beings suffer unjustly at the hands of those who oppress. Consider, for example, the appalling injustices in Ferguson, Mo., or the humiliation and abuse against women, or the hundreds of children who die from guns, or the outrageous lies coming from the White House. These demand outrage.

Mr. Hewitt, it seems, would have us remain silent in the face of the barrage of faux outrage emanating from the extremists among us who know only how to outshout those they disagree with. Even in today's high-voltage atmosphere of anger and hate, we can right- ­eously call on the spirit of Jonathan Swift and with him speak out with fierce indignation ("saeva indignatio") in loving support of those who suffer injustice and oppression.

Richard L. McCloud, Fredericksburg