Universal deceit, or Revolutionary truth? Election 2016

August 28, 2016

TruthEagleIn the late ’40s and early ’50s the parlor game Twenty Questions had a popular run as a radio quiz show.  A short variant of that game this week:

Do you believe that America has a right to secure her borders?

Do you think it is immoral for a government to pile up debt for current programs and pass it onto our children and grandchildren to pay?

Do you agree that a society has a moral obligation to tender care to its most vulnerable and those unable to care for themselves, but that individuals in said society also have a responsibility not to be a burden to that society?

Is it the decent thing to do to give children trapped in failing inner city schools the same choice of schools as the affluent children in the suburbs?

Do you get angry when politicians demand America admit tens of thousands of questionably vetted refugees from a Middle East awash in terrorism but yet have no sense of urgency to address the healthcare and homeless issues facing our veterans?

Were the founding fathers right in drafting the Constitution as a “charter of negative liberties” as an attempt to constrain an overly ambitious federal government?

If you answered yes to the above, please find a mirror.  What do you see?  Reason and logic says the person staring back at you is a constitutional conservative that believes every current generation has an obligation to pass along to future generations its freedoms secured and its books balanced.

But by the identity politics of today the image in your mirror is that of a racist, bigoted, xenophobic monster.  You know that’s not true, I know that’s not true, but as we’ve witnessed far too often the past 20 years, the truth no longer matters.

Only the political end game counts these days.

When a former President looked the American people in the eye and stated matter of fact: “I did not have sexual relations with that women, Miss Lewinsky”, it wasn’t a “lie” it was just an embarrassed man wanting privacy.

When the current President tells the American people:  “If you like your doctor, you keep your doctor, if you like your plan, you keep your plan.” only to have it exposed as a lie years later, it really wasn’t a lie, it was a “misstatement”. (A “misstatement” repeated over two dozen times but a lowly “misstatement” none the less.)

And when a national media, desperate to advance its “cops kill” narrative, pushed out the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie, it wasn’t a lie.  It was just an editorial error that got out of control.  (Never mind the police officers killed in its wake.)

As long as you’re on the “correct” side of the politics, all is forgiven.

So what is an honest citizen to do in this era of lies rewarded and truth discarded?

Know your history, know your facts.  Stay true to the Constitution and the founders and the God that guided them.  You won’t get invited to the “perfect people” parties, but you will be able to sleep at night knowing you place your country above their meme of the day.

Never forget that while whether or not George Orwell actually said the words:  “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act” is a debatable point, the truth within them is not.

And take note that while this current march to statism may seem inevitable today, it would be folly to underestimate the power of millions of “revolutions of one”, armed with the truth, acting on behalf of their children’s tomorrows.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the August 28th, 2016 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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