Patti Page wasn’t singing about the same song I am. But the idea is the same. The idea is about lies.
Some people don’t seem to mind being buried under a mountain of lies by the people we elect to office. People that are supposed to have the welfare of the country at heart. People that turn out to be lying, cheating, crooked weasels.
We are up to our necks in weasels. Weasels of both genders and all shapes and color from both parties. Weasels that often tell a lie when the truth would serve as well.
Because of elected liars and media liars and Judicial liars and citizen liars it is difficult, if not impossible to find the truth.
The media “watchdogs” who’s job it is to seek out the truth and inform the public stopped doing their job long ago. They turned political activists and turned a respected profession into the world’s old profession. Few people respect the presstitutes these days. The few that do tell the truth are attacked from all sides. People really don’t want the truth. They want to be told what they want to hear.
What some people seem to have forgotten in our corrupt culture is that:
“Truth is not, never has been or never will be relative. There is no such thing as a moral obligation to vote for someone you find morally objectionable.” ~ Reverend Cory Gordon
One of FOX “News” channel’s resident dolts, Sean Hannity, now rants hysterically about who he will blame should his Cheeto God lose to the Horrible Hillary. #NeverTrumpers are on the list as well as Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz. I cannot speak for Beck and Cruz but I know that I am quaking in my orthopedic shoes at the thought that Sean Hannity would blame me for something.
I’ve been watching a delightful cartoon series on “Situational Ethics” by Rev. Cary Gordon. I learned about Reverend Gordon and this series listening to the Steve Deace show. Deace was trying to explain why it is wrong to vote for the lesser of two evils. Reverend Gordon provided a way to explain it perfectly.
If you haven’t given this 5 part cartoon by Reverend Gordon a look please do. I like it very much and it explains to me a concept I “felt” but couldn’t quite put together in my mind. Voting the lesser of two evils was something I had done in the past, although I don’t think I ever really thought the person I was voting for was evil, I knew he or she wasn’t a good person. Voting for them made me uncomfortable.
Election 2016 is different for me – I find both candidates morally objectionable. I find both candidates evil. I cannot, in good conscience vote for either. I couldn’t quite articulate the reason.
I believe that we came to this sad choice because we had voted for the lesser of two evils again and again until we finally came to two individuals so evil that I had to draw a line. I am not alone in that decision.
Others may feel differently. Others may not find these two individuals evil. If so then they can, in good conscience, vote for one or the other of them. I just hope they do so without lying to themselves. Because the bad behavior of both of them has been very well documented.
Willful blindness to the truth because it isn’t what you want to believe or isn’t what you want it to be doesn’t change the truth. But it will change you.
A man I used to think of as a friend told me recently that I couldn’t accept facts. He said it because I don’t agree with him about Donald Trump. That’s when I realized that this arrogant individual thought that his opinions were facts. Remember that old saying:
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” ~ Daniel Patrick Moynihan
This man thought himself much better informed than I am, and in many cases he is. Therefore he believed I should bow to his experience as fact. I did not. I would not. I will not. Thus we are friends no more. That is happening to many people this election cycle. Friends are friends no more.
The people I can respect in politics are few and far between. The people I can respect in media are few and far between. Every day there is a larger number of fellow citizens that I can respect no more because they don’t respect the truth.
It is a bad time in our history. We have been divided before and managed to survive at great cost. I wonder what the cost will be this time.
I believe we will survive. As Glenn Beck says we will wake up the morning after the election and live our lives. The world will not stop. It will not stop for those who are sad because their choice lost or stop for the joy of those who celebrate because their choice won. The world will keep on turning.
Who knows, perhaps in time truth will once again be an important part of American life. Maybe having one of the two vile individuals sitting in the White House and tainting it with every lie and every evil deed will open some eyes. Maybe the siren song of dishonesty will lose popularity. I hope so. I dearly hope so.