Political ads should not undermine truth

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Jerome R. Willden


I have never in my 81 years run or wanted to run for a public office. One reason is that it is not in my personality to mud-sling or bend the truth. Speaking of truth, what is it? The scriptures tell us, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Let us examine. Free from what?

My concern is that we have laws which government the following:

Loans: When getting a loan, the law states the company has to reveal the amount of interest on that loan.

Weights: The law of weights and measurements requires that what is in a package is the correct weight.

Measurements: In sewing, one must have the correct yards and inches of cloth to fit a pattern.

Driving: The law states we must in this country, drive on the right side of the road. Such is not the case in other countries.

We do not have a law that governs the truth in politics. It concerns me when an ad appears saying that this candidate did this or that, or did not do this or that, with "mud-slinging" to the fullest. The actual truth is distorted leaving segments which are truth but undermining what the truth really is.

In my opinion, a there needs to be passed, a law that requires opponents to write or say only those things that are true, actual facts. They should not dig up events which may have been slightly negative. A good example of this is in an article published in Time Magazine, Oct. 15, 2012, about Obama and Romney. There is mostly good in all people. We should not dwell on the negative, but rather the positive, building up and not tearing down.

If an ad is put on the air concerning another opponent, then only truthful things should that ad contain.

Then, we as voters would know the truth and that would make us free to decide on a correct choice for voting.

Jerome R. Willden


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