Friday, April 20, 2012
Convictions Are More Dangerous Enemies of Truth Than Lies
The quotation in the title is by the philosopher Nietzche. It clearly explains what has happened in the US political environment. Our two-party system is devoted to creating convictions that are displacing truth. We are being served convictions consisting of self-serving lies and misrepresentations with an absolute minimal backup of truth. It is almost impossible for the citizenry to pick out the pure truth that is necessary for wise decision making. They are confused.
It is difficult to imagine how the country will finally work itself back to health without a major influx of truth into our political campaigning. However, neither the political parties nor the media seem interested in this happening.
One site, .FactCheck., founded in 2003. and supported by the Annenberg Foundation is a leader in focusing on examining modern political statements for truth. It does this by applying tough journalism and scholarship to both parties’ releases.Spend some time at the FactCheck site and you will be amazed at the level of misleading information detected in releases by both parties that is not challenged by the traditional media. Also impressive is the effort of FactCheck to remove bias from their analysis.
The lock the political parties have on our election process is very harmful to our country. Congress must be turned independent. This will be difficult if the public only receives confusing and self serving information from the two parties. That is the situation now.
There are those who feel that lying for political gain in no less serious than lying for financial gain or to a federal agent, both of which are illegal. On the other hand it is very disturbing to have the government involved at all with regulating political speech.
Like most reforms, the only solution is a more diligent and better informed citizen. Maybe someday politicians will issue their statements accompanied by a FactCheck stamp.