Political Ads and God's Stomach Ache
As a person of faith and a follower of Jesus, I'm looking for some shred of integrity wherever I can find it. But when it comes to our politics - local, state, or national - integrity is usually missing in action and truth is the campaign's first casualty. It raises some questions in my mind, questions we might put to both parties, but mainly to the average voter like me:
- Does the end justify the means in a political campaign?
- Is it ethical to be less than candid about one's own views in order to avoid offending voters?
- Is it appropriate to misrepresent the views of your opponent in order to win over voters?
- Is it morally acceptable to actively twist and distort the truth in order to gain or keep power?
- Are American voters as ignorant and intolerant as the political strategists seem to believe?
- Why do most political ads appeal to the basest side of human nature, fear and jealousy, bias and prejudice?
- Is there even one political commentator who is truly fair, objective, unbiased?
- Who can we believe?