|Remember when oaths had meaning?|
I have a confession to make. I did not vote yesterday, simply because there were no elections in my state that would affect the national scene. I had no House Representatives to vote against, and no Senators. No governors, either, so I sat this one out. Despite my myopia regarding national elections, I must change my views, although my passion for national politics all but consumes me. I tremble to think what might happen if I drill down to the municipal level.
But enough about me. Let's now talk about the state of our federal government, and what it has become; a pit of vile, bold liars who hold no honor among them, save for a few brave men who are promptly cast as heretics and "extremists", even by members of the same party they chose to represent. But even this essay is not about those who profess to lead us, but rather about how we allow the lies to be passed to us so effortlessly by those "leaders".
There was a time when the men -- and later women -- whom we elect to represent us would not tell a lie because it was anathema to their core beliefs. Later, the reasons changed to not lying because they might be revealed. Not a noble endeavor, but at least binding to a certain extent, and watched closely by a media who was still on the side of the people and who would blow the referees' whistle on a moment's notice.
Today, we have not only the Democratic National Committee (DNC) lying straight to our faces, but the President himself, and a media, borne out of decades of exposure to the federal Department of Education, who either ignore the lies of the Democrat party, or actively aid in the propagation of them. Lying has become an art form, devoid of shame and absent of any stigma whatsoever. Worse yet is that those who call these lies for what they truly are are castigated as lunatics and derided as partisan hacks.
Most of us knew when Barack Obama began spouting his now infamous line that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" that it was a lie, but now that that lie has been exposed for what it was all along, there appears to be little traction for the big story among the media. Granted, it may be early, but Obama himself seems to have no problem with layering on more lies, and I have seen no evidence of outrage among the media. Piers Morgan expressed some level of discomfort, but who watches him anyway?
Now Obama is out there trying to tell us he said one thing and meant another, even though his original statements about keeping your doctor and keeping your plans carried no caveat whatsoever. In fact, in a speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009, Obama had this to say (emphasis mine):
“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
All of this -- despite my detours -- leads us to the big question; we know the Conservative ideology is the most popular throughout the United States, so why do we keep losing ground in election after election? It's time we stop wringing our hands and wondering why that is so. It is our own damned fault. We assume that our candidate is solid -- or in some cases already defeated -- and so then sit it out out Election Day, and that has to change.
But it's not about simply getting to the polls...it's about helping to get the right candidates to those polls. And the Democrats, the media, and even some Republicans, have already made it clear that our preferred candidates are not acceptable to them. Um, isn't that our first clue that we have picked the right ones already?
Look at what we accomplished in the 2010 mid-term elections. There is no reason to believe that we cannot do it again. We must do it again for, if you believe as I do, the very survival of our nation depends on it. Don't let the media hide the truth to shield Obama, and for heaven's sake, don't let them pick our candidates anymore.
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