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All truths are easy to understand
once they are discovered; the point
is to discover them. Galileo Galilei
Gandhi called his autobiography: “The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Gandhi believed, as I do, that we must always struggle for truth but we will not attain it until we die. However, never attaining is no excuse for us not acting on our opinion of truth. We might not have all the truth but we need to act according to the truth as we know it. We cannot force our ‘opinion of truth’ on others but we cannot put aside what our conscience says is truth in any action, even voting.
Today I read an article about Waging Peace at the Drone Convention by John Dear. Our President has really promoted drone warfare, killing by remote control’’ and has established a new arms race. Yesterday in the posting I wrote about how the present administration is building three new nuclear bomb facilities, the first new ones in over thirty years. Yet many of my family and friends, if not all, will vote for him to be President for another four years. Why? They say he is the lesser of two evils, not what they want to see in a president but better than the Republican alternative.
I am not saying the President is evil but his policies certainly are. What kind of democracy do we have when we must vote for one of two men, the one we consider the lesser of two evils. There are third party candidates but everyone knows they will not win. When electoral politics limits choices to the one with a vision we think he is the lesser of two evils, even thought it involves killing innocent persons by ‘remote control’ is it really a democracy?
Today is primary election day in Wisconsin and on the news I heard people say “It is my privilege to vote”; “It is my right to vote”; we must vote to be a democracy. Many of my friends and family will vote for the present of the USA so he can have a second chance as being the ‘lesser of two evils.’
Three years ago when I saw the direction our President was taking I predicted he will win a second term. I have seen nothing that would have me change that prediction.
Double talk by our new vice presidential Republican candidate that we get our rights from God and nature and not government is so hypocritical. I do not understand how he can continue to say that when he voted for two unfunded wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, for our government through the military to defend our rights that come from God and nature!
Truth is the looser if present day culture and politics. People say whatever they have to say and do not hear what they do not what to hear. Truth matters little. I do not have the Truth but most act on my opinion of truth.