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The greatest choice voters, and bystanders alike, will have to make is to either stand for truth in upcoming elections or go along with the lies, and accept the consequences.
But how can voters discern and distinguish truth from lies, and facts from fiction?
It seems truth and facts have become expendable commodities in the public square.
What does truth mean to you?
From time to time, we must wonder whether we are guided by a strong moral compass as a nation. But, today, it also begs the question of whether we have also thrown the importance of truth to the curbside.
Will you stand for truth in upcoming elections?
How do we square, rationalize, and act on the lies and misrepresentations political candidates knowingly tell us?
That is tantamount to what we do when we accept politicians — no matter who they are or their party affiliation — telling us lies about what we know to be true or have seen with our own eyes.
Sadly, this growing acceptance of lies in place of facts and truth is encroaching in many areas of our daily lives, not just politics.
Are you willing to stand for truth in upcoming elections?
Think about the contrived and false issues that have surfaced and taken center stage during the last few years: From the perpetual false claim that elections were stolen to the obsession that there is a Woke Culture that needs to be killed.
It is reminiscent of fighting and expending needed energy on imaginary ghosts.
But those imaginary ghosts have taken on a life of their own and are wreaking havoc and controlling how we perceive and relate to each other.
These imaginary lies, misinformation and disinformation have caused a divisive chasm among us unlike any we have seen in recent history.
How many of us will stand for truth in upcoming elections?
It is a question that every American needs to ask.
We must examine the forces that have gotten us here — both the personalities and practices that have captured our imagination.
We must look at the political leaders that capitalize on anger and fear, and who are perfectly comfortable embracing, saying and doing things to fuel and encourage unethical and illegal behavior.
These leaders are comfortable and confident that incendiary statements and speeches, if not accepted, will be at least tolerated and ignored. So, they carry on in advancing their destructive agenda.
Are you willing to stand for truth in the upcoming elections to stop this trend?
The nature and quality of America’s and her citizens’ future depend on it.
Excerpts in this article first appeared in the Missouri Independent.