Monday, October 7, 2013

Sifting Through the Clutter

The political rhetoric is at a fever pitch during this budget standoff.  Accusations fly almost continuously between the participants in the battle in Washington as well as between partisans of the contending political parties.  The question I continually ask is how is the average citizen to find out what is real and what is political positioning or propaganda?

I find it sad that most of the citizens of the country want the same things yet, the things they want become the pawns of the politicians.  There are philosophical differences in how most of us believe such things should be achieved.  Affordable health care is one of those things we all want.  Those on the "political left" believe that the only way to achieve that is for the government to provide it.  Those on the "political right" believe the only way to achieve it is in a free market.  Those in Washington, on both sides of the aisle, see the issue primarily as a way to secure a voter base.  Many in Washington see it as a way to increase their personal power.

How do you filter the rhetoric and determine the true motives of individuals who are prominently stating their positions on the issues and "doing battle" in the public arena?  What is in a man's (or woman's) heart?  What drives them?

Those on the left have for years resorted to name-calling whenever faced with logically defensible arguments in opposition to their dogma.  I see many on the right falling into the same pattern of behavior.  What has happened to reason on the part of the public?  Voters are bombarded with more information than ever before in the history of our country and yet seem woefully uninformed when it comes to the facts of various issues.  Perhaps it is the overwhelming amount of information that they must deal with?  Information is not fact.  It is data that has been shaped by someone who wishes to influence others to their opinion. 

As We The People seek to sift through the deluge of information I pray that we do so with the discernment that can come only from God. 

28 They are a nation without sense,
there is no discernment in them.
29 If only they were wise and would understand this
and discern what their end will be!

Deuteronomy 32:28-29

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