I can’t watch the live, or near-live, coverage of the Republican National Convention. And I certainly won’t watch the Democratic National Convention. It’s almost more than I can bear to just watch the highlights. Why is that? I am highly concerned about the direction this nation is taking – you name the issue. Is ANYthing going really well?
So I should be excited about the Republican offensive against the president, the Democrats, and the Administration, right?
I suppose so, except that 1) we don’t know that our guys are giving us the truth any more than the liberals are, 2) even if they are, we can’t really know that they are, and 3) even if “the good guys” win, will they actually step forward and undertake solutions to the serious financial, moral, and economic problems faced by America, or will they just continue to hunker down to protect their jobs?
I am so weary of, ashamed of, and disappointed in, the constant flow of lies and exaggerations flowing out of politicians and commentators these days that it takes a real effort even to watch the news, be it Fox News, the MSM, CNN, whatever.
Oh, I still have my favorite essayists and commentators, people I consider to provide more of a rational viewpoint than the common group of liars – people like Thomas Sowell, Linda Chavez, John Stossel, Walter Williams, Mona Charen, Michael Barone, and a few others. Sometimes, though, even my favorites seem to crawl into the gutter.
While I am writing this — just this very moment — I had to click off the TV as Boehner was being broadcast making yet another attack on Obama based on the president’s gaffe, “you didn’t build that” – which really does refer back to the roads and bridges, not to the small businesses. Obama’s statement still was wrong (after all, whose money built the roads and bridges, if not the money of the taxpayers, which includes small-business owners), but it’s also wrong to blatantly misrepresent what the president was trying to say. And, of course, Ann Romney used the gaffe in her otherwise-excellent speech, as well [saw it on the "highlights".].
I hate it. A profession that requires a practitioner to depend on lies, illusions, exaggerations, obfuscations, twisted statistics, and personal attacks in order to be successful has to be inherently evil.