An old colleague of mine used to put little sayings on his voicemail introduction. One of my favorites of his is “Always tell the truth as you don’t have to remember as much.”
With campaign season starting much too early, this advice is not being followed too consistently. One candidate is all over the place and consistently altering his version of the truth. The one constant is his truth today varies from his truth yesterday and will vary from his truth tomorrow. The sad part is he is leading because his followers apparently do not pay attention to what he is saying, just how he says it.
Another candidate has trouble coming clean on issues. She is using the line in the sand defense, which means she has to keep redrawing the line. She does get some unfair scrutiny and mudslinging, but she should not be enabling it so much.
Then by subject matter, we have all kinds of mistruths. On the subject of climate change, one party has been either commanded to not tell the truth or do not realize they are being misled by their fossil fuel funders who employ very good PR people to create doubt.
Then, we have small or partial truths which are sensationalized and made into melodramatic presentations, which makes them untruthful. Obamacare is not as bad as it is made out to be and, while imperfect and complex, is working pretty well by several measures and sources.
Our problems and issues are complex and real, that embellishments are not necessary. We need more truthful commentary and less labeling which masks the lack of a good argument. Please demand the truth from politicians and each other. We need someone who can tell us what is going on and how they can help fix it. We are big boys and girls, we can handle the truth.