The Marketers Have Defeated the Truth

I get so tired, so very tired of listening to Washington’s spin doctors. People like Sean Spicer can stand before the nation’s press and say the president is fighting for the strongest health care coverage for every American, knowing full well that is a bald-faced lie. I do not believe there is a single honest American who thinks the health care bill the House is passing on to the Senate is even intended to improve American health care. They certainly cannot believe there is a single part of the package that is an improvement. Trump and the Republicans are simply lying and they don’t even seem bothered about the transparency of their lies.

Since WW II, the business world has increasingly dominated our culture. Instead of the truth, we have come to care about the proverbial “bottom line.” Instead of pursuing high ideals, we’ve been reduced to Clint Eastwood’s famous line, “It works for me.” As long as a product is sold for a profit, the seller does not seem to care what is being sold, good or bad, wise or foolish, true or false.

And our political leaders are among the most amoral marketers in the country. Reform has to come from the grass roots. It has to be effected in the voting booth. We’ve got to be reminded that character counts.

I cannot measure my disappointment that my fellow evangelicals so strongly supported Trump, a person so incredibly unlike the character, example, and teachings of Jesus Christ. They care about a couple of issues and forget about Jesus’ call to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Along comes a Trump and they forget Jesus, choosing instead a man who is a perfect example of loving himself instead of others.  What shame they bring to the name of Christ!

I have no particular respect for the Democrats as a party but I do recognize that people like Amy Klobuchar are persons of integrity. That matters to me very deeply, especially when I compare her to someone like a Ted Cruz. Yes, I do see some integrity among Republicans — Kasich and McCain come to mind. Unfortunately, they are sidelined in their party and no longer have a voice that is heeded.

Who can lead the way for the grass roots to learn again to send to Washington people of high moral character, clear intelligence, and a concern for making America once again a land of the free, home of the brave, and a welcoming beacon for hope for the huddled masses yearning to breathe free?

 

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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