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January 18, 2008

It's the Policies, Stupid!

A preview of my latest offering at FamilySecurityMatters.org today:

Yet what about our responsibility as citizens and voters? Sure we can watch quick clips on the alphabet networks evening news to see what this or that candidate said on the stump as we wait for the new season of American Idol to start. We can also glance at the newspaper headlines in the convenience store while waiting in line to buy that magical lottery ticket. Dont act surprised; this is how many people get their news and thus form opinions upon the most crucial issues of the day. Think about it: since the surge in Iraq has been so successful, its place on the front page has been replaced with news of a worsening economy. Accordingly, the economy has taken the forefront for many voters as they prepare to vote in both primaries and the general election.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 10:47 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0) | FSM
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I agree with you that most of us are uniformed. However...We seem to have a difficult time getting that accurate information that is so critical. I have yet to discover a source that will give me the facts...just the facts...without a lot of ranting and raving and arguing over who is right. Every article or news commentary has a biased agenda behind it, so who do you believe? Where is that "Source of Truth", so that we may go there and learn the truth of the information and the balance of the issues at hand? How do I vote wisely when I never feel secure in the information I have been given? Everything I read contradicts the last article I read. It's a frustration, for sure. If you know of a "Place of Truth and Balance" please let me know and I will go. Thanks for listening and I hope you can help.

Posted by: D. Witham at January 18, 2008 12:31 PM

Unfortunately, D., there is no one "Place of Truth and Balance." Since no one is truly impartial, not even reporters who are covering events in a country they do not live in, it's important to get your news and information from a variety of sources. This allows you to sift through for yourself and, I guess, find your own "truth." For again, no one is impartial, and what you read and hear gets filtered through your own personal experience.

That said, it's my dream that one day, news outlets and their reporters will make their own personal political affiliations public. They tell us they are unbiased and impartial, but so much innuendo seeps through their reporting that it's quite clear -- if you know what to look for -- what their agenda is. At least if you know a particular reporter leans one way or the other, you can read his dispatches with that information in mind.

And part of the problem today is that students are not taught how to think critically, but to think in one way only. The leftists now dominate our education system from the bottom up, and students are being given a huge disservice when they are fed propaganda, not the tools they need to analyze the information they encounter on a daily basis.

In a nutshell: do as much research as you can and draw your own conclusions. Hope this helps!

Posted by: Pam at January 18, 2008 01:14 PM

At the very liberal state university of minnesota, even the liberal professors were very good at forcing students to be able to analyze information. In the history department, the one thing they hit you over the head with day after day was to consider your sources. Liberals may have their own point of view, but an important principle of liberalism is to give the other side a chance.

Remember, one of the reasons you hate us is because we always want to "understand" criminals, terrorists, etc. Along the same lines, we want to understand republicans, too!

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