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