It’s Time for Boldness

Political campaigns historically rely on exaggerations to make a point. Of course, “exaggeration” is oftentimes a euphemism for lying. There’s a line that can be crossed, and we need to know when that occurs in order to make an appropriate judgment on whatever accusation is being leveled at an opponent.

I’m predicting this presidential campaign, particularly on the Democrat side, will be one for the ages when it comes to blatant, outright lying. The desire for power, and to be able to keep it, will lead the Obama minions to new depths of mendacity [I had to look up that word once; it’s a good one]. How can I say that at this early juncture? First, I don’t know when I’ve seen a president with the particular brand of arrogance that I’ve witnessed in Obama. No one else has ever claimed that his election would begin the process where the earth will heal and the oceans will stop rising. Second, already there have been the usual accusations that Republicans want to throw granny off a cliff, take away everyone’s Social Security, and starve the general population if they can get away with it.

But there’s been a new wrinkle thrown in: the supposed war on women. We’re supposed to believe that Republicans hate women, that they want to take away all contraception, and they want to suppress their ability to lead productive lives. Naturally, at the root of all this “hatred” is the desire to hinder a right to choose abortion. That’s the real bottom line. I have a different way of looking at this: conservatives want to protect innocent human life and not allow selfishness to reign. Here’s my take on the real war on women:

Unfortunately, those on my side of the cultural divide are often intimidated into backing off of the truth. I’m not advocating rudeness or bombastic verbal attacks; those are counterproductive. Yet I encourage those who know what’s wrong to step up and speak up whenever the opportunity arises. The time for intimidation is past. We need to realize that we never will please those entrenched on the other side of the divide. They’ll always find something to critique:

It’s time for boldness while at the same time appealing to those whose minds may still be changed. As the apostle Paul reminds us,

Conduct yourself with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to respond to each person. … Speak truth, each one of you with his neighbor … [yet] let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as if good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.