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Truth-Lite: Tell me what I want to hear

Yesterday I was talking to a good friend and we were discussing how many people simply don’t want to hear the truth about the dire straits our Republic is currently in.  Most people prefer some sort of modified less scary version of the truth; a truth-lite if you will.

What I mean when I say this is that people tend to prefer a happier version of the truth.  It’s much easier to deal with rather than the harsh painful reality that accompanies brutal honesty or what I call the hard truth.  This is why I believe candidates supported by Tea Party groups are struggling against their Democratic opponents.

Sharron Angle is currently struggling with her message in Nevada against Harry Reid.  She was supported by the Tea Party movement in Nevada because she spoke the hard truth about Social Security and entitlement programs and the movement bought into it.  She stated that Social Security was unsustainable and we must look at the possible privatization or outright reform of it in order for it to remain solvent for those currently receiving it.  After she won the Republican nomination Harry Reid used her words against her by calling her someone with extreme views.  He fed the voters a modified much happier version of the truth and painted a picture of a sustainable Social Security program that would last forever even though most reasonable thinking people know this is utter nonsense.  But it worked.  His poll numbers went up and Angle’s numbers dipped.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do understand that there are other factors that come into play as to why Sharron Angle is slipping in the polls, but her hard truth statements about Social Security has contributed towards her sliding numbers; Harry Reid has made sure of it.  A large number of people want politicians to tell them want they want hear and Harry Reid played into this.

Rand Paul is dealing with the same issue in Kentucky.  He came out blazing with the hard truth and won the support of the Tea Party movement in that state.  As soon as he won the Republican nomination he had to back off because he realized that even though the hard truth got him to where he was, most people don’t warm up to it.  And if he was going to increase the size of his tent he needed to modify the message or at least tone it down.  He needs the votes from the center and people in the center tend to prefer the modified less scary version of the truth.  So his team walked him back from his original positions and presented a more voter friendly version of the truth. But how does hearing a friendlier version of the truth really help us?  Well it doesn’t.

You see the left appeals to the emotional side of the voter and part of their tactic is telling the voters what they want to hear.  They seek to shield the voter from the truth because they feel the average voter cannot handle it.  So they present their happier version of it because they know that most people prefer this over reality.  But the fact is we need know the score and the only way we will know the score is by hearing the unscripted version of the truth and all the ugliness that comes with it.  This is a must if we hope to turn things around in our Republic.  We need to understand that ObamaCare is going to bankrupt our nation.  We need to know that Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable it will eventually go bankrupt.  We need to be trusted with it because in the end most Americans will do whatever it takes to right this ship.  If it means sacrifice then so be it, as long as it ensures that our children will enjoy the same liberties and freedoms our parents once enjoyed.

I for one want to face the truth head one instead of being shielded from it with a truth-lite version.  Each and every one of us should demand this from our elected officials.  They owe us that much for all the crap they’ve put us through these last 19 months.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: 2010 elections, Democrats, Sharron Angle, Tea Party Movement, Truth

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  • Steve Dennis August 10, 2010 at 4:05 AM

    You are certainly right; people do not want to hear the truth, they want to be told everything is going to be alright and they will vote for the person that tells them so. As long as Americans have this attitude we will never be able to solve the problem that we are facing in this country.

  • Steve Dennis August 10, 2010 at 4:09 AM

    We have to hope that the Tea Party candidates that do make it into congress have the courage to move forward with the positions that got them the party nomination in the first place, and do not cave into the pressure of trying to get re-elected by softening up afterward. Hopefully they softened up in order to attract more general election voters, but will return to their Tea Party ways once elected.

  • Trestin August 10, 2010 at 6:07 AM

    I wonder if George Washington were born in our time and ran for office if he would make it out of the primaries.

  • John Carey August 10, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    I hope you are right Steve and the candidates that are supported by the Tea Party are softening up their position to appeal to a larger group of people…you know the ones that want to be told everything is going to be just fine. Thanks for the comments.

  • John Carey August 10, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    I very much doubt George Washington would have made it out the gate Trestin. People today want to hear a version of the truth that makes them feel better. Thanks for th comments.

  • LD Jackson August 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Why do you suppose people want to hear a version of the truth that hurts a little less? Could it be they don't want to take full responsibility for their actions? We are seeing some buyer's remorse when it comes to the Democrats, but not as much as one might expect. That could be the reason.

  • Matt August 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    The truth is harsh. It plays into our own insecurities and fears. It causes anxiety, and prompts effort to correct actual problems. It's easier to think about the easy fix, or at least, the fix that doesn't "fix" you. It's part of human nature. It's easier to look away from the problem than deal with it. Smooth talking politicians have exploited this since the dawn of time.

  • Steve Dennis August 10, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Even if it is true that the Tea Party candidates are only softening their positions for the general election, wouldn't it be great if politicians just ran on who they were, without trying to coddle people who wouldn't otherwise vote for them? A pipe dream, I know…..

  • John Carey August 10, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    That could be part of it Larry. I think people want to see the best in people and when they are let down it takes some time from feeling betrayed to taking action. The truth shall set you free; the problem for some is that freedom is sometimes a scary place. For me it's the only place.

  • John Carey August 10, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    I agree Matt. People prefer dealing with a truth that is less of a threat to their everyday lives. The problem with this is as we choose to turn away from the hard truth the deeper we sink and the more we become trapped in the lies.

  • John Carey August 10, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    I totally agree Steve. How refreshing it would be to see a sliver of honesty from a politician…you're right a pipe dream.

  • Teresa August 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Honesty is the best policy. I would rather know the truth- the whole truth- instead of just truth-lite. WE need to know what we're facing and take it seriously instead of underestimating the threat, being unprepared and not being able to win this fight to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

  • John Carey August 10, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Honesty is the best policy Teresa. However there is a large segment of the population that would rather a watered down version of the truth. This is extremely unfortunate because it will be these same people that are blindsided when it all comes apart. They will be surprised when our economy collapses. Thanks for the comments.