Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Does the truth make a difference?

I'm reading a political book recommended by a friend. The book describes several candidates for president as they worked their way up to the 2008 election. I was thinking that one (or more) of the candidates lied about so many things and would say anything to get elected.

Then it hit me, that most (all?) candidates lie and will say anything to get elected. So, my question is, does the truth make a difference? If all candidates lie, which lies do we believe? Or do we just discount it all?

I'm interested in your opinion.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I would hope SOMEBODY would tell some truth! I have a sure-fire way to vote though: A Christian should never vote for a Democrat because their party platform calls for all that is unholy.

Randy said...

Glenn, I'm not so sure. I'm thinking of campaign promises that are later broken or out-and-out lies.

I'm not sure that Democrats hold the lock on lies. Or unholiness. I assume you're talking about the Democratic views on abortion, but I should remind you that not all Democrats support abortion and not all Republicans oppose it.

There are also a lot of other issues that some consider as important or more important. Care for the poor, health care, etc.

But none of that is the issue here, it's simply about the lies that politicians tell.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

My argument against Christians voting Democrat is at:

If a Democrat does not support abortion, then perhaps they should not be a part of the party that does. Same with Republicans who support abortion - don't be a Republican. It's what the party platforms that call for that should decide, and since the Demokratic party platform calls for abortion, same-sex marriage (and other special homosexual rights), support of sexual immorality in general, etc, then how can any Christian justify voting that party?

Over my lifetime of voting, it has been rare to find a politician who doesn't lie to get elected, so I just eliminate the Demokrats and cut my field of liars in half. Then I just have to decide in primaries who seems to be the most honest.

As for other issues, health care is NOT the job of the federal government, and the Constitution does not allow them to have any say about it. But politicians seem to trounce the Constitution regularly. Since they all take an oath to uphold the Constitution and yet continually vote for un-Constitutional expenditures, that makes all who sign a bill violating the Constitution nothing more than liars.

You can tell I have a very cynical attitude about politicians.