I voted this morning, despite strong misgivings about both major-party presidential candidates. I voted because good people have given their lives to grant me this right.
Hard as it may be to believe, I still didn’t know who I was going to vote for when I woke up this morning. As has been the case in all four presidential elections in which I’ve voted, I am once again fed up with the candidates’ behavior – in particular, their dishonesty.
Throughout the campaign, both candidates have spoken in obvious half-truths. In some cases, “half” is being generous. Why? I can only think of three possible explanations:
- They think we’re too stupid to know we’re not being told the truth.
- They think we’re too lazy to test the truthfulness of their statements.
- They think we’re too stupid to discern the truth if we were to test their statements.
Whatever the case, this behavior demonstrates a lack of respect for the people the candidates hope to lead. Respect begets respect. No wonder we find it so easy to criticize our leaders.
I really don’t understand how so many people can tolerate being treated this way. Regardless of how enthusiastically a person may agree with a candidate’s policies and beliefs, how can he or she get behind a person so willing to use dishonesty to achieve his goals?
The end does not justify the means. A president should understand that.