Put the clothes pin over the nose, the filters on the ears and take off those rose-colored glasses. As of yesterday, the awful truth is that truth is a thing of the past.
In war, truth is the first casualty
No one would suggest a comparison between real war and presidential elections, but in the war of words between parties, never has a quote been more apropos.
It’s a sadly accepted given that nobody expects the “other side” to tell the truth. Of course, we know for a fact that “our side” is telling the truth. In thinking that, we’re not telling ourselves the truth.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Beginning now, each candidate, their surrogates and their party will begin spouting off a variety of numbers and stats smartly chosen to confirm their point (usually that the “other side” is awful, rarely to say that “our side” is good).
Don’t believe them!
Fact check both sides. There are ample sources to confirm or deny the statements you hear from both sides. The internet makes this easier than ever before. Or choose the news channels. Just make sure you choose one from column A and one from column B (I’d offer you an egg roll, but depending on which “side” you’re on, you might be offended).
The truth will set you free
Maybe you will stick with your choice, maybe you’ll switch, but it’s certain you can’t make a healthy or wise choice who should lead our country until you know who is telling you the truth.
There shouldn’t be any excuse anymore for you to find out what’s real and what’s not. Don’t just go on your gut or what you heard from “somebody”.
You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!
All this presupposes you’re actually willing to allow for the fact that “your side” might not actually be giving it to you straight…they might only be giving it to you.
There will be plenty of people who will refuse to believe the truth if it goes against what “their side” believes. Stubbornness, embarrassment or slavish devotion may override common sense.
Don’t be one of those people! Go out and seek the truth and make a decision that’s right for you and right for America.
Of course, then there’s that problem again. Even if you get some truth, do you ever learn the whole truth?