I recall that, back when the news channels were full of stories about Bill Clinton perjuring himself during his impeachment hearings, my then-five-year-old granddaughter Kelsey asked her Daddy what the word ‘perjury’ meant. My son explained that when you go into court to tell about things, you must promise to God and everybody else that you will tell the truth. When you don’t,tell the truth it’s called perjury.
The light went on above Kelsey’s head and she immediately found crayon and paper to write the President a letter. (To which, by the way, she never got an answer.) Her letter was short and sweet.
“Dear President Bill Clinton. It’s not nice to lie to God. You need a time out.”
As the final weeks of this Presidential election cycle wind down, I suppose the flood of dirty tricks and lies was inevitable. Around us we can see the results of the Romney surge in popularity. The other side is running scared. Not only is there a rash of crimes as Romney Ryan yard signs are being vandalized and defaced across the country, but there are increasing numbers of ads telling total lies which find their way into our living rooms every evening. The vandals can and will be prosecuted. Sadly, though, we don’t seem to have mechanisms in place to punish political liars. I suppose there are little Kelsey’s across the country this week wondering why Mitt Romney doesn’t care about women and why he makes coal miners come to his rallies or else. Hopefully moms and dads are close by to correct the record before little minds are permanently tainted with this misinformation.
Like the much celebrated and often touted jobs report which came out last week which indicated that jobless numbers were at an all-time low since this president took office – when the lies, and/or the mistakes like leaving California’s data out of the total come out, they are revealed on page 14C and unworthy of headlines. Deceit and misrepresentation by the Democrats and their brown-nosed media friends has become an art-form in this campaign. Shame, shame, shame.
It seems counter-productive to teach our children to celebrate our nation, on the one hand, then make excuses for the deception rained down upon the masses by the politicians on the other. Let us hope and pray that a man of honor and character gains the White House soon.