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Campaign Frustration

Campaign Frustration

Telling the truth can be tough. As a teacher and as a parent, it wasn’t always easy to tell the truth. I tried to model honesty with my students, but I often lied when asked if the book order was in and blamed the company (sorry, Scholastic) when I forgot to place the order. We won’t even discuss the subject of grading papers. I suppose I always viewed these examples as “stretching the truth”, with no real harm done. My fault.

However, it’s campaign season again, and I hear ads on the radio or see them on tv and can’t help but wonder whether it matters at all if those running for office care about telling the truth. The claims made by candidates or their supporters targeting their opponents are sometimes so ridiculous that I can’t believe they have the nerve to share them. But then it occurs to me that voters don’t really have easy ways of recognizing the line between truth and fiction. Worse, we’ve gotten to a point in our society’s political atmosphere where anyone can say anything about an opponent, continue to repeat it, and voters will believe it, regardless of whether there is any truth to the claim. What does this say about us as Americans?