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You might as well tell the truth


Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Well before the two major political parties held their coronations each party put out ads on radio and television touting their candidates' positions and simultaneously offering information about their opponents' positions and programs. Most of us watch these ads and assume that they are for the most part truthful. But are they really?

As the saying goes, politics can be a dirty business and it's not for the faint of heart. Stretching the truth to put your opponent in a bad light has been the norm for quite sometime. However, there is a difference between stretching the truth and pure lies.

We are all now familiar with the approach to information dissemination espoused by the Bush administration. Succinctly put, it is tell them what you want them to believe even if it isn't true; then keep telling it even if the facts point otherwise.

So it is with the McCain-Palin campaign.

Early on in his quest for the Republican nomination Senator McCain took great pride in telling folks he will always give them the "straight talk". Implying that what he says you can take to the bank as the truth. He even named his campaign bus the "Straight Talk Express". Ah, but now that many of President Bush's former political advisors have joined the McCain political team we don't hear too much straight talk. What we do hear from Senator McCain and from Governor Palin are distortions and even outright falsehoods.

We used to believe that newspapers and TV news shows would give us balanced, unbiased reporting. We now know that this is not so. Most of us know that TV Fox News leans towards the Republicans, putting them in the best light possible. We also know that some commentators on MSNBC lean in the opposite direction. We believe that the New York Times leans more towards the Democrats while the Wall Street Journal favors the Republicans. To whom does one turn to get the facts behind the utterances of the Republicans or the Democrats?

Recently I came upon a website, FactCheck.org, sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. According to their mission statement they are a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocate for voters. Their aim is to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. They accept no funding from business corporat .....
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Is she really the next best?

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The selection of Sarah Palin for McCain's running mate was a surprise to almost all the pundits and most of the politicians. Her introduction to the country at the Republican convention was a smashing success according to the media. She did a good j ..... 
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Palin a risky choice for the McCain ticket

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"It was a reckless decision."

"It looks like a hail-Mary pass."

"It's a weird choice."

"It does nothing for the ticket."

These are a few comments I have heard about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his vic ..... 
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Voting is both a privilege and an obligation - be informed

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Thomas Jefferson said, "Information is the currency of democracy."

And in an E-mail essay on Winston Churchill's 1947 comment that "Democracy is not perfect, but it's better than any of the other methods that have been tried so far," the co ..... 
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Shame on Edwards, shame on us

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

John Edwards got busted by the National Enquirer. It's rather a sad thing that news sources are getting their leads from such an empty publication but I've suspected as much when watching the network news and seen headlines in papers as large as the ..... 
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Our civic duty requires informed decisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the August 11, 2008, edition of this newspaper there were three commentary pieces that had me thinking for quite some time after I had read them.

In the first, former Congressman Lee Hamilton asks us to pay attention to what politicians ..... 
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Independents will elect the next president

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest poli ..... 
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When it comes to oil, are they stupid or just lying to you?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The economy is in the basement and, to top it off, energy prices are at all time highs causing increases across the board for all goods and services. This is the worst of all worlds; high prices, stagnant job creation, and low wages.

High en ..... 
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A Christian looks at war

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I begin my examination of war by looking at Jesus' words from the Bible. A sampling from the gospels provides these quotes (from The New Revised Standard Version):

"Love your enemies; pray for (them)... ." Matt ..... 
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