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Honesty: Best political policy?

Posted Friday, January 6, 2012, at 11:56 AM

The slogan the Shelbyville Gazette included within its masthead in 1890 (the paper's framed and in our lobby) -- "Party honesty is party expediency" -- made me stop and think in this election year.

Obviously the Democratic-leaning newspaper was speaking in favor of honesty as opposed to lies.

Something to consider, especially when today's America (and probably 1890s America as well) includes both political parties issuing "talking points" consisting of half-truths if not outright lies.

But another definition of "expediency" is "adherence to self-serving means," according to The Free Dictionary online.

In today's political atmosphere, that seems to fit perfectly.


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when they havIt amazes me how people that are normally very honest and good have no problem spreading lies - knowingly - and how they will intentionally continue to spread the lies even after they know they are untrue. They have an agenda and truth and honor are not as important to them as pushing the agenda. Truth be damned they will stay on track. Even when presented with fail proof facts they will continue to spread the lies. They are willing to sell their souls to promote the hate needed to get their win. I would rather have a person win on their strengthens and abilities that on their ability to stick a knife deeper in the back of the opposition. I want them to tell me what they can do to better this country - sell themselves to me. If they are more intend on destroying the opposition then all I expect is once they are elected they will do the same to us the citizens to get what they want.

It would be so refreshing to have a candidate and their party that ran on truth and facts - a true clean run... Yes honesty is the best answer but we better not hold our breath waiting on the parties to try that angle. For too many people they are more interested in spreading hate and they simple do not care if the information is true or not as long as it might cause some one to hate what they want them to hate. When it comes to politics the truth, honor and fair play are just stuff that gets in the way and has lost all value to all sides of the vote.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 3:33 PM

This year will tell the tale.

All the republican candidates have destroyed each other as far as being the right person to be a leader of our country. I don't see how anyone could feel proud voting for any republican candidate this year but we must choose one to vote for.

According to the abc news http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/201...

In his last official act of business in 2011, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act from his vacation rental in Kailua, Hawaii. In a statement, the president said he did so with reservations about key provisions in the law -- including a controversial component that would allow the military to indefinitely detain terror suspects, including American citizens arrested in the United States, without charge.

This is an out right violation of his executive power and violates our constitution, yet our congress doesn't seem to care either.

The president should be impeached instead of reelected. You all know my horrific prediction yet it looks like it is coming true.

A second term and last president for the USA. Everyone better vote him out because congress isn't taking care of business.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 6:31 PM

During his first campaign, Obama said if the economy didn't turn around in the first three years of his presidency, his would be a one term proposition. If he was honest, why is he running for reelection?

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%...

-- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 10:50 PM

I could easily be wrong, :-) but my impression of our current state governor's race was that he was telling what he would do as governor, much more than running his opponent down.

I could have missed the other ads, since I don't watch much TV, but......

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 7:42 AM

I am surprised at the lack of people calling for honesty in politics here. I really expected to see more outrage about the lies and intentional slander that has become the norm. Oh well I guess that is a sign of the times.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:53 AM

Truth in politics? I guess that is impossible, as our political spectrum is little more than an illusion to begin with. No one wants the truth. It is much more fun to imagine that we have substantive elections and a modicum of democracy. Without the well-engineered left-right paradigm, who would we blame?

-- Posted by memyselfi on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 1:38 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.