Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Dirty, Dirty Business

I think most of us know that the upcoming presidential election in the United States will be one of the dirtiest campaigns in American history. I'm not looking forward to it at all. Looking at the cliff depicted in the photo on the right, it makes me wonder if we as a nation aren't about to careen right over it.

Have a gander at this article in American Thinker. It's a sobering read. While you're at the site, go to the home page and scroll down to the James Lewis article on "Why Newt Will Do."

I sympathize with much of what is said in both articles, especially the stakes of this election for the country. However, as a believer, I have serious misgivings about the "end justifies the means" position of the first article. Serious misgivings.

It's not that I don't agree with the writer that the left will play every conceivable dirty trick in the book on the Republican nominee. But if someone claims Christ as their Savior, that places one's actions on a totally different moral and ethical plane. Both Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich have professed Christ, at least with their mouths, and for quite some time. That doesn't seem to have stopped either of them from engaging in questionable conduct. And there is quite a double standard in the media about this sort of thing. It's okay for the left to engage in it, but since Republicans typically uphold a high standard in principle, they get bashed mercilessly when there is any deviation. The pecadillos of the liberal candidates get ignored or whitewashed.

In my view, just tell the truth. Loudly and articulately. The truth about Barack Obama is damaging enough all on its own. No need to lie or get in the gutter.

Unfortunately, many Republicans seem to shrink with distaste from even telling the truth about their liberal opponents. They see it as unseemly. The Lord only knows why.

Politics isn't country club fare. It's bare knuckle. But you don't have to abandon morals or ethics to engage. Case in point: if the media had done its job and due diligence on Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Liberation Theology and a host of other things, Mr. Obama never would have been elected president. Those issues are real and not manufactured. Full disclosure of them is not dirty politics.

Now, does it seem like I just contradicted my main point in this article about not getting in the gutter? Read what I've written carefully. I don't think so. My concern is over what was expressed in the first linked article. It all depends on what the writer means by being willing to get in the mud. If it means lying and making up things about your opponent, no way. If it means telling the truth, fine.

Of course, then we'll have to have an argument about what constitutes truth.

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