Since we have honor and dignity down, I thought I'd scratch the itch that REALLY bugs me... truth. Perhaps this is grounds for more of a discussion than a debate, but let us see.
How much deception in politics is morally justified? Are you really saying YOUR candidate is the only one not lying?
Since I can remember, the government has been lying to us, or at least covering parts of the truth, at least partially for our own good. In these days of embedded reporters, that's becoming more difficult, but at least part of the role of the President has been to hide the dirty little secrets and tradeoffs that are part and parcel of governing on such a massive scale.
On a more specific level, I have recently pointed out how liberals tend to use the phrase "religious right" to describe what they would have us believe is an overwhelming majority in our country: Christian fundamentalists who want to march jack-booted into Washington and force us all to obey laws taken directly from the Bible. There are Christian fundamentalists of this description out there, of course, but their numbers are far fewer than liberals would have us believe. The term "religious right" then becomes, for the sake of the argument, anyone who ever voted against abortion, or even anyone who ever voted Republican. It is a term used to demonize, to deflect away from the issues at hand.
These lies and deceptions abound… even in the way a group names itself. Look at the abortion issue, for instance. I have found that most of my Republican brethren who call themselves “Pro-life” are also in favor of wars, guns in the streets and the death penalty, all of which aren’t generally conducive to actually LIVING. The very term “Pro-life” is a deflection of truth for moral high ground.
“Pro-choice” isn’t any better. Do you know many “Pro-choicers,” who while preaching a woman’s right to do with her body what she will, also support legalizing crack cocaine and prostitution? Wouldn’t someone in favor of a woman’s choice also want those things?
Frankly, the liberal blogs I read all boil down to one basic argument: Bush (et al) lies. The conservative blogs do the same: Kerry (et al) lies. I used to think everyone was just reading lies to be able to attack those with different ideologies, but now I think it’s at least a 50-50 ratio of falsely-perceived lies to actual lies. I am convinced all the major political players these days are liars of the highest order, and had to be to get where they are.
Is it even possible in today’s harsh, two-party environment (where truth is often lost somewhere in between the extremes we argue for) to succeed politically without being a liar, at least on some level? How important is honesty in a candidate anymore, when political power and special interest money seems to be what is driving the country? Wouldn’t honesty be a ticket to Losersville in today’s political arena?
Does, to put it bluntly, character count?
Do you Dems really think Kerry and Co. are the only honest ones out there? How about you Bushies? Your blogs seem to completely demonize one group while elevating the others to angelic status.. do you really see the world that way?
Submitted by: Sparky.
Er.. Big Dan, IB Slayer (be glad I didn't go with Battle Coke vs. Pepsi)