Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I watched the debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney last night.
The two participants became contentious.
Maybe they cared deeply about having the most accurate and helpful information.
Maybe they work hard at accuracy and — being right — they wanted to be quoted accurately.
But, I’m saddened to think that they might care more about being elected.
What Would They Sacrifice To Win?
Following the debate I read various perspectives about the debate.
Adam Clymer, writing for the New York Times, began:
“Consumer warning: The claims you hear in Wednesday night’s presidential debate may be hazardous, if not to your health, then to your relationship to reality.” Ouch!
“In a campaign that features some of the most dishonest television ads in history,” Clymer continued, “President Obama and Mitt Romney have been more circumspect about what comes out of their mouths than what is shown before or after they identify themselves and say ‘and I approve this message.’ But they will be tempted to use the themes their pollsters have found effective.”
I’m not certain that FactCheck.org knows the truth and their “facts” are in fact, factual, but I hope so.
What if we never needed a site like FactCheck.org nor, as they attest, “that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”
What If Politicians Were Always Honest?
What if they valued kindness, decency and genuineness more than victories?
Would they say the end — being elected and “setting the future on the right course” — justified dishonesty, misinformation, and sloppy rhetoric? You would hope not.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another,” wrote Paul of Tarsus. 1
Wouldn’t that change the mood?
What is Kindness?
In What is Kindness? I explained that:
Kindness is a choice.
Kindness is an attitude.
Kindness recognizes that the other person as important.
Important, not more important than you, and not less important than you.
So, what if politicians always checked their “facts” carefully?
Always told the truth?
Didn’t resort to half-truths?
What is they neither exploited our ignorance nor manipulating our trust in them?
THAT would be kind!
Kindness may cost the election, but would it be worth it?
1 - Adam Clymer’s article can he found here.
2 – Ephesians 4:32, NIV