TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

October 29, 2012

Today’s spin — Partisan rants


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Sacrificing truth for votes is a bipartisan practice calculated as the end justifying the means. Celebrating political victory purchased by deceiving voters is the rule of the day. Regardless of how ruthless and obscene, if it gets votes, it’s OK.

Romney and Obama have both racked up many long-nosed Pinocchio’s. I commend several objective news sources that keep tabs on the veracity variables of our presidential candidates. Calculated sabotages on facts are now endorsed as fair game for a fair election.

There is a willingness to bear the burden of being a prevaricator and liar. It is seen as a small price to pay for gaining more votes. These seasoned politicians with their respective ever-prompting political strategist (in many ways transforming Obama and Romney from persons to puppets) know that victory is worth more than a bit of character tarnishing.

The war games of these political professionals are backed by arsenals of truth-distorting warheads. Professional political “generals” plot out the war zone with every nefariously crafted sand pit and sink hole possible. These political plotters are motivated by the prevailing truth — THE AVERAGE VOTER has made up his/her mind for whom to vote, often based on his/her own selfish gain, or emotional response to the candidate.

Further, these political plotters know that the average undecided voter will experience so much “dust in the air” — so many contradictory facts and figures — that lies will likely not be discernible. Modern politics! Modern corruption! Modern America!

A very sad result of all this political fiasco might well be our distraction from being responsible voting citizens; succumbing to being entertained by all the political antics. Surrounded by pugnacious politics, we salivate for the next bout between candidates.

Many of us may be found sitting on the edge of our chairs awaiting a surprising below-the-belt punch, causing one of the candidates to falter… and become the loser.

May we keep our wits about us. As serious citizens with a committed responsibility and love for this country, we are obligated to maturely ponder and cast our vote.

This degeneration of our election process does not remove our obligation to address the grave needs of America — our country amidst its many perils.

“You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens.”

[Ephesians 2:19]

Regardless of partisan rants, may we all band ourselves together, giving direction for our America.

The Rev. John Burkhart Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of psychology. You can reach him at jandmburkhart@yahoo.com blog at inspirationsandideas.