So it's election season and the lies are flying! Pants are smoking! What do I expect? The truth? Seriously? It's become pure entertainment with popcorn and candy when my husband and I watch the candidate debates. Ok, more so when we watch one particular party's debates, but still. Lies are flying! Some well-meaning people have said to me "it's just politics" or "it's just election season bluster". I'm not willing to accept that. Isn't this a time when the truth should be paramount? If we are starting out the process of electing a leader for our country and the people we have to choose from are telling lies from the get go, can we expect that after they are elected they will start emulating the likes of honest Abe? Of course not. It seems that we will accept the lack of integrity as just a casualty of the system. The truth I've seen is that the collateral damage of political lies is found in continued poverty, racism, gender inequality, environmental degradation, and so much more. Collateral damage is unacceptable.
What is the motivation behind the lies? Obviously, it's to heighten one's chance of getting elected but what's at the core of the motivation? After listening to GOP candidate
Ted Cruz lie for Jesus on Meet The Press, I think I've figured it out. Cruz claimed that replacing Supreme Court Justice Scalia with a liberal would mean the end of religious liberty and religious symbols would be sandblasted off of the tombstones of fallen veterans. Puhlease! Cruz isn't the only liar with his pants on fire. These lies and many of the others spouted by political candidates are founded on fear. We the sheeple should fear other candidates, fear the other party, fear other religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and more. Fear is quite a motivator after all. And it appears that fear is running this election cycle as it has many times before, through crafty and heinous lies.
I'm currently reflecting on what I am willing and able to do with this awareness. I refuse to be consider one of the sheeple, and I will not live in fear of the other. Shout from the rooftop? Not particularly impactful and it's way too cold for that. Post angry memes on Facebook and email all of my contacts demanding they join me in my righteous anger? Again, not really impactful and I love my friends and family too much to do that. Refuse to participate in the election and this deeply flawed system we call democracy? Absolutely not! I will not forgo the right that so many women before me fought and suffered for. I will participate. I will continue to listen for the lies and look for the smoking pants. I will call out the lies and not allow fear to manipulate my vote. I will seek the truth and I will speak the truth, even when my voice shakes.
I had hoped to post once a week, and did for a short time. Unfortunately, my doctorate research and other obligations have taken priority over the blog. BUT, I will return soon! Some postings may be articles I've written for publication, messages I've delivered in congregational settings, or excerpts from papers written in my doctoral classes.