As I sit here this morning and sift through my Facebook timeline and Twitter feed I can’t help but wonder – where did America’s sense of objectivity go? Or is it possible the citizens of this country were always this hopelessly subjective and the big mouths like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow just poured fuel on the fire by building a broadcasting business of out polarization?
Did our sensibilities become corrupted by the endless spin cycle of MSNBC and Fox News? Or has everyone really leaned that far left, or that far right, since the beginning of time? What ever happened to thinking for yourself rather than relying on an obnoxious TV talk show host to tell you how you should think about issues?
Last night’s debate felt less like a debate and more like a “liar, liar, pants on fire” elementary school playground argument between a couple of fourth graders. During and immediately following the presidential dust up in New York, fact checkers from the USA Today to the New York Times were busy compiling the list of all the misrepresentations, untruths and bold face lies. After reviewing several of these articles this morning it’s obvious to me that both candidates told their share of whoppers. But for some reason that doesn’t stop either side from shouting “did not, did too!”
There’s an old joke that goes like this – How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving. Well, whether you’re a Romney supporter or an Obama supporter, I have some startling news for you – both twisted, bent, distorted and fibbed last night about the facts because they want to win the election. This should come as no great shock. The next time you’re shopping for a new car go to a Ford dealership and Chevy dealership and ask the salesperson about their competition. Do you honestly believe either of them will give you a truthful assessment about the other’s product?
Lance Armstrong, doped, cheated and lied for over a decade in order to win 7 Tour De France titles. So what’s the harm in a couple of presidential candidates taking a little liberty with the truth in order to reach the highest office in the land? It’s part of the unsavory process. As enlightened citizens we must take what both of these men have to say with a grain of salt.
What does continue to surprise me is all the people who, either out of naivety or ideological blindness, kick and scream when the candidate they don’t like distorts the facts. Or flat out lies. It’s as if their choice for president is beyond reproach.
Well, don’t pee down my leg and tell me it’s raining. In the end this election, like all elections, isn’t about choosing which candidate was the most honest in a debate or campaign ad. And contrary to what either of these men may say on the campaign trail, it’s not about which will make you better off over the next four years.
The inconvenient truth is that all elections are about choosing the candidate that will do you and your family the least amount of harm. It doesn’t get any more objective than that.