Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire
As I've mentioned before, I hate politics. I typically do not pay much attention to them. In the past I have avoided news during the election season like a toddler avoids nap time. This year, however, is a bit different. Maybe it's because it is almost next to impossible to avoid when everyone you know is a posting something to their Facebook about their favorite candidate to love or hate this week. Or maybe it is because as the election draws closer the realization that one of the nominated candidates will truly be leading our country soon is a bit of a daunting thought to me. Why? Because what if they're lying...
Change your mind or your story?
I believe that it is possible to change your mind on a subject; but I think you have to be careful in doing so especially when you have made your opinion known to others. This is especially true of politicians. They are constantly in the media being quoted on one topic or another, it is easy to collect these sound bytes and find inconsistencies. In fact, Channel 4 News did just that. In this video, they pulled together sound bytes of speeches Secretary Clinton has given over the years on various topics to demonstrate how her opinions have changed. It is a short video and the best clip is saved for last, please take a moment and watch/listen/read the whole thing.
I'm sure I could find a similar video for every other candidate as well because a) everyone is entitled to change their mind and b) politicians tend to change their story and say what will help get them elected. Right?
How Should I Respond?
I can't do anything about the lying problem in Washington, but I can do something about the lying problem in my own life. Jesus says in Matthew to let your 'yes' mean yes and your 'no' mean no. In other words, say what you mean and mean what you say. Tell the truth the first time. I found out the hard way in life how exhausting lying can be — please take it from me, it is much easier to be truthful. Should you find yourself in a position where you have not been truthful, make it right and apologize quickly. Do not wait and drag it out as it will only make it harder for everyone involved.
I don't know if our candidates are lying about what they promise to deliver should they be elected. I guess there is only one way to find out.
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