I am frankly disgusted by dishonesty. We don’t put up with it from our friends, our families, or coworkers or anyone else in our lives yet when it comes to politics Americans repeatedly ignore dishonesty.
There are so many excuses for this none of which are valid. The most often one is “all politicians lie.” Do they, in actuality? They all put their own spin on things, they put their record in the best light possible. But to outright lie is completely different and has much worse consequences. For example on a resume most of us have tried to find the right words to make our experiences and abilities sound as good as possible, but if we cross the line and make up job experience and knowledge, the chances of disaster should we get that job are quite high. When we ignore the lies of politicians vote for them anyway, we are rewarding them for doing so thus encouraging others to do so in the future.
Another excuse is “people don’t want to know the truth, they want to hear what they want to hear.” This is often used as a reason for the existence of Fox News. Clearly this organizations ratings are too high to believe that everyone that watches it is stupid enough to believe it is actually “fair and balanced” Hundreds if not thousands of times Fox News has been caught blatantly reporting falsehoods, yet people still watch it, every day excusing them for the lies they have reported. Not wanting to believe the truth. This rewards Fox News for acting as they do.
This nation reelected a President who either by his own fault or the fault of those around him told the country and the world we must go into a war because of weapons of mass destruction. The vast majority of the country knew by the time of his reelection that wasn’t true. But they ignored it they didn’t want to know. The consequences, over 4000 American service men and women killed. 10’s of thousands wounded. Lack of trust by basically the entire world including our allies. Yet we ignore these consequences because “we didn’t want to know?”
Now we come to this election. We have a man Mitt Romney that has been documented by every independent fact checking organization to be out right lying again and again. He was once pro choice, he is now pro life, he has spoken again and again of a 20% tax cut across the board which is 5 trillion, yet in a debate he stood their with a straight face and repeated he proposed no such tax cut. He claims he worked across the aisle as a Republican Governor with a democratic legislature when the reality is he vetoed that Legislature 800 times and was overridden 800 times. He claims he is against Obama Care when in fact he passed about almost the exact same legislation as Governor. He claims he is pro coal when he stood in front of a coal plant bragging that he shut it down.
You can say all you want about President Obama, you can be disappointed in the speed of the recovery, you can even disagree with some of his policies, but what no one with an eye for the truth can say, is that he has ever been dishonest with the American people and the world in any way. He has stood by his convictions and his beliefs.
You cannot say that about Mitt Romney.
Vote for Mitt Romney if you choose to, but know this, because of his dishonesty frankly you a voting based on “wanting to believe” rather then any actual facts on how he stands on any issue. Because what he says changes depending on what he feels he needs to say to win that day, that week.
Our nation survived 8 years of a dishonest Administration at great cost. Do you really want to take that risk again?