The Casualty of Truth in the Presidential Election

                It is no secret that politicians lie. That has become one of the staples of American election cycles. We have come to expect it to such a great degree that nobody even attempts to hold them accountable. This Presidential election has been one of the most dishonest in recent memory. The election is not about policy, it is about personality. One candidate cannot run on an abysmal record in office, the other cannot run on an elitist record on Wall Street. The result; a verbal combat zone scattered over hundreds of television and radio waves carried by hundreds of millions of dollars–the bulk of it in an attempt to attack the character of the opponent. The problem is that when truth becomes a casualty, you and I are the collateral damage.

The blatant dishonesty of the two major Party candidates means only those of us masochistic enough to enjoy doing our own political research are able to cast an informed vote. The rest of the country can be lead to believe that Obama will pay for their gas and their mortgage. The lies have intentionally been misleading, because it seems each candidate believes they can only win this election by degrading the character of the other. The Mitt Romney campaign ran an ad accusing President Obama of stripping away the work requirements for welfare recipients, essentially accusing President Obama of purposely creating a welfare state. This ad was so misleading that fact checkers rated it a pants on fire lie. The campaign strategists reportedly responded by saying that they will not let fact checkers dictate the way they run the campaign. If this is true it is literally spitting in the face of voters; they do not care whether or not we know the truth, they only care about winning the election. This is the radicalism our political atmosphere has come to.

Before any radical Democrat starts gloating we need to point out that President Obama is equally as guilty, maybe more so. President Obama has been so busy trying to demonize Mitt Romney that he took weeks to tell America the attack on the Libyan Consulate, in which Ambassador Stevens was killed, was a terrorist attack. He either ignored the matter, or flat lied to us all; both are frightening ideas. The Obama team assertion that Mitt Romney lied about his retirement from Bain Capital; thereby making him responsible for the outsourcing that took place is equally as worrisome. A leave of absence is a standard business practice that the Obama team should be well aware of. The fact that they ran this as a central part of their campaign for weeks shows that they were either flat lying, or they really are completely clueless as to how business works. It seems unlikely that not a single Obama team member, either in his campaign or his administration staff, would be as clueless about business as to actually believe this. They took a gamble that you were clueless, and sold you a big fat bologna sandwich. Another of the biggest whoppers from the Obama team is the line that under the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan, retirees would be responsible for an extra $6,600 of medical costs each year. Long before even being selected as the vice presidential candidate Ryan released a new budget eliminating the extra cost to retirees under his Medicare program, which is very similar to the Romney plan.

When the focus of two campaigns is mudslinging, both candidates get dirty. Paul Ryan seemed to blame the closing of a Janesville, WI GM plant on President Obama failures. This is terribly misleading, because the plant began its shutdown of production under President Bush–the decision had already been made and the process started when President Obama took office. The plant stayed open long enough to apparently fill an order of small Isuzu trucks, then the final 50 or so employees were laid off. For Paul Ryan to suggest that Obama closed this plant is either a flat lie, or an illustration of how little he understands the business world.

If somebody wanted to go into the boring details we could discuss for another 5,000 words all of the lies both campaigns and their supporters are throwing around, but that has probably already become redundant. Whether it is raiding Medicare, gutting welfare, fast and furious, cutting the deficit, changing Washington, or Mitt Romney’s taxes, the lies continue. These are not even lies the PACs have told, these are lies the campaigns themselves have told! The craziest thing is that when these two fling their poo, the radical idiots at the base of each party actually scoop up the crap and eat it. Republican talking heads will point out that the GM plant was not completely closed until Obama took office, somehow believing it was Obama that closed the plant. Democratic talking heads like Stephanie Cutter will point out that Mitt Romney signed an SEC filing stating he was the CEO at Bain until two years after he said he retired, suggesting that a standard leave of absence makes him a felon.

We as voters support the liars, then complain about being lied to. As long as we put up with our own party’s candidate telling lies, both parties will perpetuate the problem. We have to be honest enough as a nation to call out and hold our own candidates responsible for their lies, but this will never happen because each party will think that that the other will refuse, and by doing so, they will both be right.

Until us as voters develop some real moral courage we will keep being lied to, and probably keep liking it. This is one of the most dishonest campaigns in memory, and neither candidate seems to notice, let alone care. When one thinks about each specific lie the conclusion is simple; either our next President is a complete liar, or, if they believe the lies they are selling, a complete moron. Heck, it might even be both. Either way, if you or I want the truth, we are going to have to fend for ourselves.

 

–Matt Young

30 September, 2012

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I am studying to achieve a double major in political science and journalism from the University of Kentucky. I am married to a wonderful woman named Sierra. I am starting this blog because I feel the political climate in Washington is carving deep canyons for our children to climb out of. Our representatives, on both sides of the isle, do not represent us, they represent the lobbyists.This blog is not to give answers, but to make people think. I believe the more we think about our ideas the better they will become; as opposed to becoming more and more intrenched in far left or right wing brainwash, where it seems nobody thinks anymore. I hope y'all enjoy.

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