Sunday, June 26, 2011


That is the title of a well written article by The Washington Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold. It is well worth your time to see just how politicians like Barack Obama change their stripes with little or no regard to their previous utterances. Here is a link to Fahrenhold’s piece:

Your Commander was raised to be “a man of his word,” but that certainly does not apply to politicians. This is not something new, but it sure would be refreshing for a politician to explain exactly what changed his/her mind.

This of course reminds me of the story I have told before of the old southern Senator who was challenged by a reporter to a recent statement, because it totally differed from his previous comments. The Senator’s response was “Son… Just because I say it, doesn’t mean it is so.”

That is the way it is in Washington and throughout the ranks of politicians these days, but it is up to us to hold them accountable and demand that our media challenge its disregard for historical facts. We deserve answers, and politicians deserve the right to change their minds too, but they should not be permitted to totally ignore previous statements or positions without appropriate explanation.

Honesty in government has not always been a fact, but I believe that honesty is becoming unfashionable, forgotten and an ignored virtue. Sad, but true.


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