Lies, Lies, Lies.
From both sides.
Its the new paradigm-same as the old paradigm.
“There was a quaint era in politics when we were held accountable for the truth and paid consequences for errors of fact. No more.”
Clear examples of deception fill websites, appear on nightly newscasts and run on the front pages of newspapers. But the truth squads have had only marginal success in changing the behavior of the campaigns and almost no impact on the outside groups that peddle unvarnished falsehoods with even less accountability. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” explained Neil Newhouse, Romney’s pollster, echoing his industry’s conventional wisdom.
So what explains the factual recklessness of the campaigns? The most obvious answer can be found in the penalties, or lack thereof, for wandering astray. Voters just show less and less interest in punishing those who deceive. The reasons may be found in the political fracturing of the nation. As some voters feel a deeper affinity for one side or another in political debates, they have developed a tendency to forgive the home team’s fibs. No matter their ideology, many voters increasingly inhabit information bubbles in which they are less likely to hear their worldview contradicted.
The last line is quite relevant to this site itself. NobodyisFlyingthePlane does not take contradictions of its worldview lightly.
NIFTP sees the short comings of both parties; there are too many to name. Neither party’s candidate for President is the right person for the job, but the system isn’t offering better alternatives. Clearly the system needs to change radically before suitable candidates will be forthcoming. Unfortunately, neither candidate adheres to this element of the NIFTP worldview. Neither can, nor will, do anything to change the system. Deciding between them comes down to which one contradicts more of the elements of a voter’s worldview.
With respect to the worldview espoused on this site, there is no contest.