(First Published on Tucker Patch Nov. 4, 2012)

Much of mainstream media's selectivity in issues they promote, manipulative polls and statistics, and hammering on one issue primarily can be like a smokescreen; here's how to blow it away.

In the coming two weeks, we will see numerous charges hurled by both political parties, amid armloads of statistics and examples to support the various positions. Most of us realize that information, including polls, can be manipulated in order to support targeted positions. We can look at all this as a smokescreen. So, if we want to make intelligent choices that will benefit us, and ultimately our children and grandchildren, we would be wise to find objective ways through all this.

Here’s how I do it, while keeping my shoes clean. I realize that, clearing away the smoke, both our candidates indicate that they agree on numerous positions, though they differ hugely on other key issues. So, I turn to a deeper layer of consideration -- morality and consistency of message. Then, voting records, economic record and what they say in private -- is it the same as what they say in public?

By morality, I mean the courage to apply the same moral values and ideals to practical solutions, unwaveringly, through the years. I mean a person whose ideal person is Abraham Lincoln rather than Ayn Rand. A person who makes the same commitments and expresses the same values whether the wind is behind him or against him. This is the man I can trust and believe in. This is President Barack Obama, but you will have to decide for yourself.

As Suze Orman said last evening on HuffPost Live (paraphrased), ‘Yes, the economy is important, and with Pres. Obama, it is steadily improving. But there’s so much more to this election, that we need to care about -- women’s rights, for one.’ Women’s rights are human rights. Our women can fly jet fighter planes and serve our country in numerous additional ways, but do women get paid equally as men? Pres. Obama’s Lily Ledbetter Act opened the door to that; Mr. Romney won’t even discuss it.

Women bear and raise our children; as such, they/we are, perhaps, the most influential social unit in America -- but how do our candidates regard women? The answer could determine how we, our daughters and granddaughters will face life here for generations to come.

On gay rights, whether we support gay people or not, they are American citizens and as such are entitled to all the rights, including the nearly 1,200 ones they are currently denied under the Defense of Marriage Act. 

For people who believe in the importance of keeping Church and State separate, equal rights for all is fundamental. We have, comparatively recently, gotten past legal equal rights for all races; now, it's time to apply the same to women and gay people.

And here's why it's important to keep Church and State separate: We might say, 'America is a Christian nation; we have to apply Biblical teachings to every aspect of life in America'. Well, if that's so, why wouldn't other citizens also say, 'We are Muslims/Jews/Buddhists, etc; we insist that America follow our laws.' America is really not a nation of one religion; it's a vastly varied nation, and as American citizens, we have to follow a set of rules that applies to everyone across the board.

So, please, let the mainstream media carry on about polls and the economy if they like; we can go to Huffington Post Live for a well-rounded picture of the entire political and social scene. And, we can get valuable links to a wide variety of not-so-publicized websites for real, solid information. For example, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (http://www.cbpp.org); this is an awesome site showing how decisions are made that affect our lives every single day. I found it on a HuffPost Live segment. (huffingtonpost.com/live) And, to keep the record straight, I am one of the unpaid but oh-so-loyal contributors to various segments on HPL.

Let’s blow away the smoke and see all the issues as they really are. That’s our privilege and obligation as citizens of the United States of America. May God bless us all with wisdom, maturity and the interests of all our people!

Molly Darden has been invited to participate in a Huffington Post forum after the third presidential debate on Oct. 23. The forum will be from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m. on huffingtonpost.com/live.

 


Comments

04/04/2014 11:23am

Amazing article. I am so impressed. Could never think of such a thing is possible with it...I think you have a great knowledge especially while dealings with such subjects.

Reply
04/07/2014 10:39am

It’s amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often.

Reply
04/11/2014 4:38am

always has really good posts and topics please keep it up! loads of blogs are going under lately from lack of new posts etc

Reply
04/20/2014 6:03am

This has to be one of my favorite posts! And on top of thats its also very helpful topic for newbies. Thanks

Reply
04/27/2014 3:23am

I tag it to my favorites internet site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my web site also and let me know what you think.

Reply
06/06/2014 3:59am

Thanks so much with this fantastic new web site. I’m very fired up to show it to anyone. It makes me so satisfied your vast understanding and wisdom have a new channel for trying into the world.

Reply
06/06/2014 1:56pm

I desired to thank you for this exceptional read!! I absolutely enjoyed every single small little bit of it. I’ve you bookmarked your internet site to look at out the new stuff you post.

Reply
06/14/2014 3:46pm

Great piece of writing, I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points. Thanks so much, I appreciate your work.

Reply
06/24/2014 3:42pm

We can look at all this as a smokescreen. So, if we want to make intelligent choices that will benefit us, and ultimately our children and grandchildren, we would be wise to find objective ways through all this.

Reply
07/07/2014 12:56pm

This is beyond doubt a blog significant to follow. You’ve dig up a great deal to say about this topic, and so much awareness. I believe that you recognize how to construct people pay attention to what you have to pronounce, particularly with a concern that’s so vital. I am pleased to suggest this blog.

Reply
07/14/2014 11:11pm

Hey that was great to read. Thanks for the great post .Loved every part of it.

Reply
08/10/2014 12:30pm

Advantageously, the article is really the best on this notable topic. I harmonize with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your approaching updates

Reply
08/13/2014 4:05am

I have been meaning to write something like this on my website and you have given me an idea. Cheers.

Reply
09/17/2014 12:21pm

Like your writing! Still you can do some things to improve it.

Reply
09/20/2014 2:02am

I like the cut of your job :) or at least your thought process but sorry to say, I honestly think you would have fully sold me on the idea had you been able to back up your premis with a substantial bit more solid facts.

Reply

Lincoln rather than Ayn Rand. A person who makes the same commitments and expresses the same values whether the wind is behind him or against him. This is the man I can trust and believe in. This is President Barack Obama, but you will have to decide for yourself.

Reply
10/25/2014 3:02am


It essay on time was positively intriguing for me to peruse article. Much obliged concerning it. I like such themes and anything that is joined with this essay on time matter. I most likely need to Read all the more on that blog soon.thanks

Reply
10/28/2014 11:19am

I respectfully acknowledge your note and will wait upon you as proposed.

Reply
11/14/2014 11:23am

Now and then I’ll stumble across a post like this and I’ll recall that there really are still interesting pages on the web. ^_^. Thanks.

Reply
11/15/2014 2:51am

Hey that was great to read. Thanks for the great post .Loved every part of it.

Reply
01/07/2015 1:01am

Great site, continue the good work,is also very helpful to people, is worth us learning,your article is really Great job!

Reply
01/27/2015 12:16pm

Well somehow I got to read lots of articles on your blog. It’s amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often.

Reply
02/19/2015 12:43pm

hi there, this is a great post! thank you for sharing

Reply
03/02/2015 10:05am

Pretty cool post. It’s really very nice and useful post.Thanks for sharing this with us! it’s my first visit.

Reply
04/14/2015 3:03am

Hi there! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it's new to me. Anyhow, I'm definitely glad I found it and I'll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

Reply
Online Degrees
05/05/2015 1:04pm

Political awareness is very important in today’s world, students of universities who are getting online degrees have a social media platform on which students share their political thoughts and because the system is online it doesn't effect their studies.

Reply
05/13/2015 5:11am

I want to be got and appreciated followers such as your website each day sellau many visitors who come.

Reply

A person who makes the same commitments and expresses the same values whether the wind is behind him or against him. This is the man I can trust and believe in. This is President Barack Obama,

Reply

I courage or appreciated its idealogy with great assumptions or additonal ways and the purpose of this effort are really recognized all American university.

Reply
12/28/2015 5:42am

Countries with current account deficits can run into difficulties. If the deficit is large and the economy is not able to attract enough inflows of foreign investment, then economic imbalance will occur and will affect the economic system of that country.

Reply
06/15/2016 2:41am

ecstatic turning into taking in people web page, as well as plenty of fair truth right here.

Reply
06/15/2016 3:19am

Without having delay This particular loved one and also the wife or husband as well as the husband or wife in addition to we answer previously mentioned into the low number of supply of fantastic berubaha which in turn tough, I am able to pelajaranb nmaun essential hiring this page, having thank you.

Reply

The wife or husband as well as nearly all individuals berfiir, you should product which in turn outstanding mail along with web web page that's without doubt alternatively comfy to travel to.

Reply
06/15/2016 4:39am

The actual wife or husband as well as nearly all individuals furthermore develop into looking forward using a very substantial web page site, nevertheless suppliers your website is reasonably alternatively finish, I enjoy to.

Reply
07/04/2016 9:06am

I would like to read more posts on this blog as well as share it. to my friends.

Reply
09/23/2016 9:03am

Outstanding blog post, I have marked your site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future.

Reply
10/30/2016 11:06pm

Simply want to say your article is as surprising. The clarity on your put up is simply cool and I could suppose you're an expert in this subject.

Reply
11/02/2016 8:21am

A new star on the weight-loss supplement scene is Forskolin. This herb has been in use for hundreds of years. Coleus forskohlii, or Forskolin, is also known as Plectranthus barbatus and can be located in tropical climates, especially in India.

Reply
11/03/2016 3:10am

Pretty cool post. It’s really very nice and useful post. Thanks for sharing this with us! It’s my first visit.

Reply

i never seen this type of article is first time i really impressed.thank you.

Reply
12/01/2016 8:05am

I desired to thank you for this exceptional read!! I absolutely enjoyed every single small little bit of it. I’ve you bookmarked your internet site to look at out the new stuff you post.

Reply
12/17/2016 12:43am

I am very much overwhelmed by your thoughts for this particular story. A more deeper and staged knowledge would be good for me.

Reply
12/22/2016 10:37pm

This is beyond doubt a blog significant to follow. You’ve dig up a great deal to say about this topic, and so much awareness. I believe that you recognize how to construct people pay attention to what you have to pronounce, particularly with a concern that’s so vital. I am pleased to suggest this blog.

Reply
12/26/2016 8:23am

Reply
01/13/2017 2:52am

Outstanding blog post, I have marked your site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future.

Reply
01/28/2017 2:58am

Reply

There is of course a higher cost component and often you will not be able to consolidate such a load.

Reply

Reply
04/16/2017 7:31am

Reply
04/24/2017 6:20am

Thanks for sharing helpful information, I really like your all post. I will bookmark your blog for future updates.

Reply



Leave a Reply