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Our upside-down country

April 8, 2016

Some Americans still appreciate honesty. In fact, it’s one of the qualities voters mention most often when polled about what candidate traits they value.

Unfortunately for many others, it’s only honesty if it agrees with your world view.

When Bill Clinton stood up for his wife’s 1990’s voting record and took on some Black Lives Matter sign holders, you would think that most people would have appreciated both his position and his candor. Not to mention, he’s right.

Not so fast, grasshopper. Apparently, the 42nd president cannot do that, according to reports attributed to the usual suspects on social media.

It isn’t as though former President Clinton was advocating for a return to slavery or public floggings.

He simply noted that if black lives really do matter, perhaps the movement would be better served by trying to keep a few more black kids alive, in school, off drugs and at home instead of in jail.

To the far left, that’s heresy, apostasy and bigotry all rolled into one.

Frankly, if you care about upcoming generations at all no matter your politics, you should have been in Bill Clinton’s corner on this one, and a lot of people on both sides of the aisle agreed with him.

In this election, as in most, the truth is not highly prized.  Why would it be when phony outrage gets so many more headlines?

The far right is just as guilty of manufacturing outrage as the left, as when Geraldo Rivera somehow managed to interpret the “New York values” comment by Ted Cruz as anti-Semitism.

Not only is that conclusion bizarre even for Geraldo, but it offends even some outspoken conservatives, as noted in this BizPac Review article.

Good Lord, Geraldo. Get a grip.

Sure, Cruz stepped in it with that comment. You knew the minute it left his lips that it would be used against him.

But to somehow conflate that with anti-Semitism makes about as much sense as Black Lives Matter activists whining because three strikes laws unfairly penalize people that are habitual criminals.

There was a time when people could weave in a little objectivity in political discourse without being shouted down for failure to conform .

That time is long gone, and that’s a damn shame.

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