The Truth Letter to Editor 10-30-18

Remember When The Truth Mattered?

Remember when people were ashamed to be caught lying? Now people do it shamelessly, and then deny that they have done it or blame other people for it. It’s called gaslighting.

Remember when candidates were proud to state what they stood for instead of lying about their opponents? Do you receive candidate flyers alleging exaggerated negative claims about the opponents or positive claims about their own platforms?

Remember when we honored our FBI and intelligence agencies? When we respected and counted on our Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, and government regulations that protected us against predatory practices?

Remember when we respected the news and depended on it to provide the truth? Now the news is attacked and called fake and people are making up the news as it suits their purpose.  No matter if it’s actually true or not. And media reports it instead of calling it out as a lie. Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes reported Trump’s own statement: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”

Remember when politicians could be held accountable? When they had moral compasses? When you couldn’t buy elections? Long gone are those days. Politicians parrot the party line dictated by whoever has the deepest pockets. Does it make our lives better? Does it suppress our vote? Does it support the average American? Does it protect children going to school from being shot? Does it support minorities? No, but who cares? Let people be shot and then blame the victims. Throw them a few crumbs and they’ll be happy.  Or just outright erase those people. Take away whatever rights they have as members of our American community.

The leader of our country has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days.  He simply doesn’t care. Here’s how it works:

  • Make up the lie
  • Say the lie publicly
  • Followers believe the lie
  • Followers act on the lie

People are counting on you believing the lies. Do you watch Fox News?  Did you know that only 22% of their news qualifies as truth? Do you fact check news or try to find out the whole truth about campaign claims?  Are we on the road to fascism and you don’t even know it? What happens when people blindly believe the lies of an authoritarian leader? How does democracy disappear?

  • Discredit the news
  • Control the news
  • Dehumanize minorities
  • Seed fear of minorities with alleged charges
  • Attack your opponents
  • Dissolve checks and balances in government
  • Use your power to intimidate

Do any of these steps sound familiar lately in our country? Consider this quote: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire

NC is mostly a Christian state, but all religions exist here.  What do they teach you in church on Sunday? Has love thy neighbor come to mean love only people who look like you? Only people who are not poor?  Only people whose sexuality mirrors yours? I don’t think any religion advocates for punishing the poor. Or shooting people with racial, religious, ethnic, political differences. What Would Jesus (or your god) Do? Ellie Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

If you love America, do the right thing.  Discover the truth. Support morality.

 

 

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