Supporters of the party in power rave about matters such as “vision,” “compassion,” “fairness” and “the future.” Detractors focus more on reality — the present and the distortions, contradictions and, yes, outright lies contained in the message. So it was with the recent SOTU by President Barack Obama.
In the heated political divide, partisan supporters and detractors know no bounds in terms of their defense or attacks. Party and politics, not truth is what matters. Both sides spin, distort and lie in their efforts to gain advantage. The spoils for the victor in politics has become so great as to trump integrity and other sacred values. Truth is the biggest victim. To practice truth in modern day politics is verboten. Loyalty to party and ideology trumps everything elese. Truth is a disqualifier in this racket.
With a President who feels unconstrained by law, the Constitution, economic reality or the truth, interpretations of what he said and its relationship with reality are especially useful. Little of that comes from the so-called mainstream media who