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Gimme Some Truth

07 Oct

I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
— John Lennon, “Gimme Some Truth”

Drilling Down on the Facts (click here)

It’s hard to know when to speak up.  I’m pretty passive when it comes to politics.  I often figure that it’s so difficult to even get to the truth, how can anybody be so certain that they are able to see the whole picture to even be able to make any kind of qualified judgement.

So, I search.  I try to listen objectively and measure statements and information with any logic at my disposal.  I try to find outlets of information that seem to me to be trying to give a balanced picture.  I might not always get that picture, but I try.

What’s difficult is when I’m in the presence of a conversation where obvious instances of misinformation are proudly and harshly dessiminated.  It is often surprising to me how intelligent people are so willing to spout OBVIOUS propaganda when they think they agree with it.

I don’t know. I’m not trying to pick a fight with anybody.  I’m just trying to figure out the truth and wish that others would try a little harder.

 
5 Comments

Posted by on October 7, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

5 responses to “Gimme Some Truth

  1. Rustin

    October 7, 2008 at 4:10 am

    I’m with you (and John Lennon) on this one. It’s getting to be a rough time in the campaign(s). The oversimplifying of every issue into ridiculous sound bites is maybe the hardest part…especially when those get repeated by common folks (like me) who can barely imagine the real complexities those sound bites represent.

    (And may I confess that I have had so many laughs over friends of mine talking to me – and forwarding emails to me – fully assuming that I am on board with their candidate! Most of them are of course wrong about that.)

     
  2. Bon

    October 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I’m proud of you for seeking the facts. I believe though that those facts won’t be found within the media especially the NY Times or other large newspapers. Digging in records for ourselves might give us some facts, but I have no clue how to do that.
    I just put a guest editorial in the mail to you today. Have only recently started reading this man’s editorials.

     
  3. James Powers

    October 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I have always believed that my day to day life will not be much different no matter who is president. I have never seen so many people who do not feel that way about this election. I had somebody tell yesterday that if a certain candidate was elected, things would be bad. When I replied that things might be interesting if that said candidatte was elected, he told me that things would be bloody, not interesting. He went on to say that we would be in a civil war. I am sure there are a lot of people with whom you are around who share this opinion to some degree. We need to reform the whole damn system. It is just crazy how much money is spent to elect, or not elect, a candidate.

     
  4. Sara

    October 12, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Truth will come in about twenty or thirty years. Hind sight is the only 20/20. Politicians have told so many lies they believe that is the truth.

     
  5. rhonda

    October 26, 2008 at 3:54 am

    yeah, it’s interesting that is for sure… I’m just glad folks are voting. I’ve had the same experiences as Rustin- people sending me stuff and I only respond with the facts and it annoys people sometimes cause I think people like the rumors better than the facts… one friend told me if I didn’t vote a certain way that I was outright committing a sin. I was like okay, thanks for the heads up. 🙂 glad to see sw is not dead.

     

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