Well, the circus has begun. We have seen some of the candidates and some of it has been interesting -- not enough to change my mind on my candidate -- but I have to admit watching Donald Trump is both fascinating and horrific at the same time.
In this time of history and complex issues, we need to be tough-minded. MLK described tough-minded as "one who examines all of the facts before they make a decision." He also goes on to say the soft-minded person is one who judges before s(he) examines the facts.
In this time and in this world we need tough-minded individuals in the electorate to chose the right president. We are about to be bombarded with slick media ads that are somewhat entertaining but lack the hard facts to help us decide. Even during the first Republican debate, the truth-o-meter was stretched repeatedly.
We need to examine not the slick words but the records of the candidates running. It is not hard to do. With the Internet, it is all at your disposal.
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During pre-elections, the information is skewed. For example, the trickle-down economics policy was discounted and proven wrong during the Reagan administration years ago yet you hear it coming out of the mouths of some conservatives even today. It does not work.
As an electorate, we are lazy. We get our information from TV channels. Surely by now you know some of it is slanted and just plain wrong.
It is a shame Jon Stuart retired as he generally sniffed out falsehoods on a range of topics both liberal and conservative. So as we move forward toward the 2016 elections, do you homework and determine if information passes the sniff test.