8.31.2012

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Warning...I'm about to get political. If you don't want to read on...click that little "X" in the upper right hand corner of your monitor.

There is no question that I find myself torn in the middle of the two party system we have. I think they call that being an independent  I will, however, admit that more often than not, I find myself leaning a hair towards the left, but there are also issues that cause me to veer right. Stealing a line from GFR, Here I am, stuck in the middle, again.

Being stuck in the middle, I often find myself listening to both sides of the fence and this year is no different. What's different lately is the amount shame that I feel as an American. When making a choice for an official, we rely on these candidates and media outlets to supply us with the information we need to make an informed decision about who we feel will best serve us and our community, state, or country.

Lately, and perhaps it's only because I have just started paying more attention in the last couple of years, I have noticed that choosing a candidate has not become about picking the guy that best suits our needs. Instead, it has become about choosing the best showman.

The notion of laying out the opposing parties successes and failures, then informing us of how they plan to be different, has been thrown out the window.

Now, the best political course has been to win at all costs - especially lying. One quote that makes my stomach churn is "I misspoke". What the hell does that mean?! I misspoke?

That term has become the get out jail free card that politicians use at will and seem to have a never ending supply of.

What is this teaching our children and young adults? Winning is everything. It doesn't matter how get there; just win. It's OK to lie...just say you misspoke.

When I was a little boy, I remember a time when I rode my bike further than I was allowed. I did not know it at the time, but my Dad had seen me on his way home from work. When I got home a short while later, my Dad asked me, "Where have been?" Knowing that I was in the wrong, and afraid of the retribution, I decided to lie and say that I was somewhere other than where I actually was.

As a result of this lie, I deservingly got my butt kicked.

The lesson that politics teaches us is that it was OK to lie. Where I went wrong was when I didn't say, "Sorry Dad. Please stop kicking my butt. I simply misspoke".

Well that's bull!

I didn't misspeak and neither did these lying politicians! I LIED! I got my butt kicked for it and you know what? I learned the right lesson!! Lying is wrong. Period! The other lesson I learned that is that the punishment is far less severe if you tell the truth. I sure hope this election can still teach this in the end.

I'm OK if a politician doesn't have an answer for everything but I am not OK when they know the facts and choose to lie about them for the sake of winning. That's not winning the right way. That is winning by deception.

I encourage every single person that reads this post to comment and get mad. Listen to these political ads, convention speeches, and news outlets. Take the time to be critical of what they are saying and do some research into their claims. When you find out that they blatantly lied to you, get mad and do something about it! Call them, email them, write them, fax them, carrier pigeon them, etc...Just get a hold of them and call them a liar. Tell them they are wrong and how mad and insulted you are that they just lied to you.

Most importantly, and sadly, when it comes time to vote. You have two choices. You can choose to not vote at all in protest of the mockery this process has become or you can make a choice for the guy you feel lied to you the least.

That is the dismal reality that we have as voters.




5 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree with you more on the lying. I think it is a tragedy that the people in our government, and even in the media aren't held to a higher standard than they are. I also hate when I hear someone say they like an independant candidate, but vote "for the lesser of two evils" instead of voting for the person they think will do the best job. they site that they do not want to throw away their vote. In my opinion voting for someone you don't like because you are afraid of the other guy IS throwing away your vote. I fell that way because that persons opinion is lost. and how many other people feel the same way and do the same thing? if everybody did the research and voted their minds instead of their fears, maybe things would change.
    Thank you for a refreshing and honest political opinion.

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  2. You know it's bad when Fox News calls out Paul Ryan for all the "misspeaking" he did during his speech the other night...There is a lot to get upset about for sure, on both sides of the aisle. can't wait for this cycle to be over.

    enjoyed the rant!

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  3. Brook
    When I was younger I would always believe anything a candidate would tell me during a campaign season. As I got older I became more conscience of the facts the candidates put forth. Now I don't rely on the news outlets to give me an accurate account of what the campaigns are saying. I use the internet more especially when it comes to finding out the truth. The best one I have found is the website "Politifact.com" they can give you an accurate account of weather the candidate is telling the truth or simply telling you a lie. My wife and I never vote party, never have and never will, we vote for the individual who we think will help us financially and economically, and how that candidates policies will affect our lives. Most of the public nowadays are suckered in by the propaganda both parties put out their and therefore never take the time to really understand a particular candidates policies. Both parties like to play this game of “Smoke and Mirrors” ---at this stage in both campaigns I feel the Republicans are leading in this category especially after watching Ryan’s speech the other night, really a turn off!!!

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  4. Add the fact that the majority of us forget or become distracted by life and it becomes all to easy to mis-speak. The said part is that the liars now we will.

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  5. Great comments so far, guys! Glad that I'm not the only one fed up with garbage. Bill, I concur...that speech was the final fuel for this little rant of mine!

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