As the 2020 campaign evolves, many citizens are distressed by the shabby state of political debate, characterized by lust for political power to be gained by telling unending lies.
The level of pure, unadulterated falsehood is arguably equal to that displayed by any communist party propaganda rag in existence.
How did such an extreme, blatant disregard for simple truth become such a popular tool with which to manipulate voters?
While presently I have no explanation to offer, and it’s true that politicians throughout time have never been noted for squeaky clean conduct—the only known rule of politics being that there are no rules—nevertheless I find the present level of disregard for simple truth to be more extreme than anything I’ve ever known this side of a communist party newspaper.
That having been said, it’s worth considering that polling consistently indicates we are much more tolerant of lies told by our preferred party than we are of lies told by another party.
Such polling results have led operatives of both parties to the same conclusion:
Whoopee! We can get away with this!
“We the people” are therefore responsible for this situation, which will improve when we care enough to penalize both parties for their part in such shameless bastardization of our political process.
Democracy is much like farming—cultivate carefully or shut up about the weeds!