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There is an old adage that information is power. The truth is factual and accurate information is power. But we must also admit that misinformation has been front and center.
But, somehow during the last several years in the public square, among our political leaders, even among some media outlets and social media platforms, often complete truth, facts and accurate information seem hard to find.
The adage that information is power must be revised in the political climate in which we find ourselves.
Having factual and accurate information is power.
How can consumers be sure when we find ourselves being bombarded, swimming in a sea of false and disinformation, falling victim or becoming a partner unwittingly to someone’s sinister agenda.
In this environment, who can we trust to shoot us straight on ay political issue that could not only impact and determine the course of our lives, but that of our communities, and this nation?
We must become active listeners and smart consumers. We must assume the responsibility of seeking the facts and accurate information for ourselves.
Look at what happens when we do not. Factual and accurate information is power and the most important thing when it come to making decisions about issues.
Whether at the state or national level we face a number of critical issues that need the investment of our unbiased, open-minded attention, research and investigation when it comes to separating facts from fiction, real news from fake news, truth from lies, misinformation from disinformation.
No area is more critical in determining the future direction of this country than our conclusions about whether the 2020 Election was stolen or whether the violent and deadly protest at the capitol on January 6 was as seditious insurrection.
From where, and what information are you relying on to draw your conclusions, make your decision? Factual and accurate information is power.
The 2020 Election and the January 6 violent protest on the capitol have been so embroiled in lies and partisan politics that many have decided to ignore any attempt to discover the facts—facts that have been corroborated by multiple independent sources.
This seems to be the case with the January 6 committee hearings that are seeking to find the truth about how the misinformation regarding the 2020 election led to the violent protest on January 6.
What can possibly penetrate those barriers, and such closed mindedness.
Your conclusions and decisions about those two issues are very important in your perception of how this country should move forward. This is a great example of how factual and accurate information is power.
In the immediate and long-term, the future of this country depends on whether your perception and action about those two seminal events are based on lies or truth, distortions or facts.
Information alone is not power. Factual and accurate information is power.
Portions of this commentary originally appeared in the Missouri Independent.