Politics is a dirty game. Candidates sling mud at each other and outside well-funded sources fill our airwaves with ads that are anything but honest. We can look back to the 2000 presidential race for a good example of what lies and deception can do to affect an election.
Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran got slammed with deception and lies when the Swift Boat Veterans placed an ad that questioned Kerry’s Vietnam record and even the Purple Heart that was awarded to him.
At least he had a record; former President George W. Bush and Vice President, Dick Cheney never saw war because they used their positions in life and influential families to keep them out of it. George W. had his dad help him get into the Air National Guard so he could stay here instead fighting in Vietnam, and Dick Cheney got five deferments that kept him out of that nasty old war. Even still, the warmongers got a second term anyway, thanks in no small part to that ad targeting Kerry and his war record.
Now we have President Barack Obama who has been subject to some of the worse deception and lies than any president in American history has faced. Those who perpetuate these deceptions and lies have only one goal in mind and that is to discredit this president and hopefully change voter’s mind about voting for him in November.
Let me count the ways of lies and deception. Obama:
A friend of mine, who is a police officer, comes into where I work sometimes and we talk politics. He’s a Republican but a moderate one so he does agree with me on a few political points. But, like a lot of Republicans, he’s limited about where he gets his news. Fox News is one of his few sources but fortunately he doesn’t watch it all that much or he probably wouldn’t be as moderate.
One day, this officer friend of mine and I were debating about Obama and by something the cop said made me realize that he wasn’t that well-informed when it came to what goes on in Washington DC or in politics. He made the claim “…Obama bailed out the banks” in order to make a point about how reckless Obama has been with the nation’s economy.
I of course corrected him that Bush bailed out the banks in 2008 before Obama took office. He then argued with me for a while about it because he was just so sure Obama bailed out the banks. He probably wouldn’t hear anything contrary to that belief from Fox News either. I encouraged him to go home and do a search on his computer about that bailout. At least I got him to search for the truth for once instead of just taking Fox News’ word for it.
You would think I was trying to pull the wool over his eyes, with my claim that it was actually Bush who did the bailout. Next time I saw him though, he had to concede the truth but threw in that Obama did sign into law the stimulus. I then told him “Yes, and that went to you and I, and many other taxpayers.”
I went on to explain to him that the stimulus probably saved a lot of public jobs from being lost, such as – you know – police officers and firefighters.
This is a problem with a lot of conservatives; they have been told lies about our president and many of them believe those lies. For many, you tell them the truth and they’ll refuse to believe it.
Many conservatives go to the polls and vote against their own interest because of the lies they believe. Their source of news is like my cop friend; limited to Fox News and maybe a talk radio show like Rush Limbaugh. It becomes a bubble for conservatives that keep them from learning the truth, along with the help of many of their own personal biases and prejudices.
I believe it says something about our culture when at least 11 percent of our population believes such a lie as President Obama is a Muslim. It says even more when 25 percent of us think he wasn’t even born here in the United States.
I venture if it has to do with our failing grade as far as education, being we’re only 25th out of 34 countries in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading. Has our nation’s population dumbed down so much that so many Americans would rather believe lies than truth?
Lies and deception has always been part of our political discourse I would assume. Still, ever yet have I to see such an up-tick of falsehoods, this from my experience from watching politics for the last twenty years of my life.
I cannot also comprehend why such an outpouring of hate would fuel these lies about such a man as Obama, whom I find personally to be of outstanding character. Unless it is – I have to wonder – that the President’s skin color perhaps gets under their skin. But maybe they should be asking themselves, this question.
Today, 4.22.14 the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.