Actually Ben Franklin really said, "A Republic" but I will ignore that. I was listening to one of those NPR pieces about bipartisanship and polarization, and how the federal government worked better back in the old days when all the congressmen lived in Washington and went out to dinner with each other and socialized and became friends. Sounded wonderful.
Then someone said when they assembled focus groups of ordinary voters and "acquainted them with the true facts, they came to the right decision every time."
And there lies the rub in this election. Constant blatant lying by politicians, media, and advocacy groups. How is a plain ordinary voter to know what is true when the air is so full of lies? Just this morning Rachel Maddow said Obama has reduced the federal deficit every year. Yeah, Right. "Obama has created 5 million new jobs." Yeah Right. "Our consulate was burned and sacked because of an internet video." Yeah Right. "Republicans reduced the state cigarette tax to aid Big Tobacco." Yeah Right. "Green jobs will reduce unemployment".
It just goes on and on. One lie after another. It's hard, and takes a lot of time and energy, but we voters ought to keep track of who is lying to us and vote against them just 'cause they lie. In the case of media lying, change the channel.