“Kids were separated from their parents in the Obama administration,” says Karin Housley. No, they weren’t. According to USA Today, under both Obama and Bush children were separated from adults only when their relationship to the adults could not be established as in child trafficking or when there were not enough family facilities available. Trump is solely responsible for the zero-tolerance policy. (USA Today June 23, 2018) “Tina wants open borders.” Housley also proclaims. No, Tina doesn’t. She actually wants to improve border security but also protect the Dreamers.
After watching the debate between Senator Tina Smith and State Senator Karin Housley sponsored by NPR last night, I would like to amend something I said on my blog on October 22. What I said was that throughout this country, we are in the midst of a civil war of words. I was referring to all of the inflammatory divisive words choices in the ads, words like sleazy and abusive. My proposal was that we could use words to promote understanding and connection just as easily instead of waging war, battling it out with volatile words that make the chasm between the sides impossible to cross. We can just as well, I proposed, use words to ask questions and clarify meaning.
I realize now however that perhaps the first priority is not to use language to create understanding or bridge sides but, to tell the TRUTH! In the current administration obviously, the truth is an endangered species. It is frightening the way lies and blame have taken over the entire habitat of truth. Both sides are guilty of killing off the truth, but one side seems more responsible for slaughtering truth to near extinction. Republicans have learned from their head role model, that if you just keep at it, saying it over and over, lying will effectively crowd out the truth. So, Housley and other candidates have adopted the strategy. Where will it end? Is truth headed down the same path as dinosaurs?
The traditional truth-tellers, the news media has been worn to a frazzle reporting the lies that have been expounded (or twittered) and then must labor over verification of truth if there is any to find; for this they get called “enemies of the people” or “fake.” I do appreciate WCCO’s Reality Check segments (Reality Check) reported by Pat Kessler. I am grateful that there are some investigative reporters that have not collapsed from exhaustion.
Whoever wins the elections on Tues, I implore with all my heart that they leave their lying ways behind them; they are in right, so there is no reason to pound lies into our ears until we don’t believe anything professed by anyone in public office. I am afraid that is what has happened; we’ve reached saturation. Politicians have cried wolf so many times they are already looking down the mouth of a sharp-toothed predator and We the People will not come to your rescue.
Facts, even hard to face facts, are necessary to make good decisions about where the country goes from here. Lies and blame just waste time and money. For example, as I write this somewhere between 5,000 and 15,000 troops (a true number hasn’t been verified) are being deployed to our border states to protect us from an “invasion of illegal aliens, ” one of many whopper fabrications of the Lying King that is costing us money.
Speaking of money, there has been much talk about our national debt. What if there was a tax on lying? What if every false claim was fined? There was a disinformation fee? You prevaricate, you pay? Would it be enough to offset the debt? It is a nice thought to consider, but of course, the Lyin’ King would never go for something that would put him in the poorhouse.
Still, all of us citizens can keep demanding truth until those we elect quit wasting our time and money on lies. Until that day perhaps all of us should have the following quote prominently posted somewhere we see it daily:
One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are. —Cal Thomas