The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

A graveyard.

Some believe it is a testament to the end.  Others believe it is the marker of a new beginning.    Without doubt, in the wink of an eye, we will all find out the truth, or not, depending on which view is correct.  In this matter there is uncertainty.

But about one thing there is no such lack of clarity.

History teaches us that when a people and those in political power abandon principle and virtue and morality; when common courtesy and compassion have no bearing on the way they conduct themselves; when truth is something that can be manipulated and falsehood is something that falls from everyone’s lips, it is a sign of the beginning of the end.

It happened in Rome, the Byzantine and Ottoman and Mogul Empires.  And now is it happening in America?

That is a disturbing question and not one that I pose easily.  It is or at least should be disquieting to every thoughtful American.  Indeed, I believe that every thoughtful American recognizes the potential for disaster should we continue down our present path.  But how many among us are there who consider the perils ahead – and how many simply go through their lives, persuaded by the mass psychology and desire to be part of the group and, like the lemmings follow each other over the cliff – taking down the rest of us with them?

There is a specific phenomenon which caused me to write this post.  That is the campaign ads which are currently being broadcast – specifically, some of the President’s ads.

I realize that in any campaign the opponents are going to manipulate facts to their own personal advantage.  Although I don’t like that I do expect it.  But when outright lies about an opponent are broadcast it is time for any and every person of conscience to cry out – STOP!  THIS IS TOO MUCH.

Sadly, there are very few in the Peanut Gallery shouting that.

There is a reason for that – a sad reason.  We elect people whom we think of as being like ourselves – who thus will be able to represent us and our interests.  So if we as individuals have abandoned principle and decency – if that is how we conduct our personal lives – it is only reasonable to expect that we will vote for people of the same ilk.  And we have.

The President’s camp quickly distanced itself from a PAC ad which accused Governor Romney of indirectly causing the death of a woman to cancer by denying her health insurance benefits.

(First fact, we lose thousands of people a year to cancer who are fully covered with insurance benefits).

“The Obama campaign didn’t write that ad or have knowledge of it.”

(Second fact, they met with the husband of the deceased several months earlier and heard his story – which has changed a few times in the telling).

Is there no longer a requirement to report news events honestly?

(Third fact, this is one of the worst examples of “yellow journalism” and any reporter who published this sort of unsubstantiated story would well deserve to be fired by the editor of his newspaper).

This sort of campaign is one that small, spiteful people, bullies conduct.  Find a victim, run in and throw a few stones and then run back into hiding, denying any knowledge of how the victim got her bruises.

It is the same response we would expect from a person at a party to exhibit who suffered from flatulence, releasing the gas in his body and then looking around the room to see who is the source of the odor.

This is not the campaign of a statesman.  It might not even qualify to meet the low standards of a politician.  It is the campaign of a self-absorbed thug who has no greater goal than to achieve his own objectives, whatever the cost or by whatever the means.  It is unworthy of a person who either holds or aspires to the office of President of the United States.

Rome, the Byzantine, Ottoman and Mogul Empires and now, perhaps, America?

“Ask not for whom the bell tolls.  It tolls for you and me.”

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Comments on: "FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS" (4)

  1. I know full well that Republicans lie. And Republican ads are misleading — sometimes stupidly so. But my vote for the top four dumbest or most misleading (or crudest) statements/ads in the campaign so far all belong to Dems. 1. Romney is essentially a murderer. 2. Rich-guy Romney doesn’t pay taxes (Reid). 3. The Republican Party supports E. Coli (Pelosi). 4. The Republican Party wants to take granny’s (or Dad’s, or my own) Medicare and Social Security benefits away. Can they get any more disingenuous than this?

    • There is no excuse for outright falsehood in political ads – NONE. It doesn’t matter who is the source. As you know I touched on the first ad in this post and on Reid’s assinine statement in another one recently. I hadn’t seen the ad by Ninny Pepperoni (sorry, Nancy Pelosi). I’m working her into a little musical operetta and always slip up on her name. And I assume the fourth one isn’t an ad but just general commentary – whoever the source.

      If ads like these were permitted by the FDA, we would be buying Capn’ Crunch that was laced with Arsenic and milk that used vitamin DDT as an additive.

      • The 4th one is the Paul Ryan pushing Granny over the cliff ad. The 3rd one is actually not an ad (yet). This was Pelosi at a Democratic fund raiser. She was talking about Republ;ican ideology that wants to cut spending on even essential services, like providing clean water. She said Republicans were “the E. coli club. They do not want to spend money to do that.”

        I like your comparisons to Cap’n Crunch and milk.

  2. Unless I need a moment of comic/tragic relief, I seldom listen to the former Speaker.

    And I’ve been spared the joy of the ad about Grandma. I guess whoever wrote it forgot that under Obamacare, we will have a panel of bureaucrats deciding which procedures will be covered and how much the government (us) will pay for them.

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