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Caddell: Lack of Truth is “Fundamental Threat to Democracy”

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 28, 2012 6:58 AM |

Gut check.

Those who have played competitive sports know there comes a point in time during the game when one needs to dig ever deeper for the intestinal will and fortitude to press on in pursuit of victory.

As a nation, I firmly believe we are at that very point. Will we answer the call or allow our opponents to determine the manner in which the game is played and seriously influence the  outcome? The fact is the “game” I talk about today is in fact no game at all. I am talking about the future of our nation. . . . and I am pissed off and sick and tired as I think about this topic. What topic? 

A random scroll through this blog packs more than enough evidence of the assault on our nation and our values.

I am not here today to talk about the respective candidacies of those running for President. I am talking about a principle and a purpose far greater than a mere political office. I am talking about that most prized virtue which readers of this blog have hopefully come to know me by. I am talking about the truth.

Day after day, week after week, and now month after month I believe we experience incessant and insidious attacks on the truth. We witness it from both sides of the political aisle and every corner of society. Are we to think that these assaults come without a price? We would be exceptionally naive to accept that premise. Are we to allow these assaults under the guise that the ends justify the means or this is mere politics at play? Mere politics? These attacks upon the truth occur  daily. Ends justifying the means? Many would seem to embrace this badly misguided and ill-conceived notion.

I truly believe the very future well being of our nation for our children and our children’s children lies in the wake.

Where are the real journalists and the real media enterprises who will make the stand for the truth? Regrettably they are all too often drowned out by those who prize power over principle. I am certainly not alone in sending out this warning siren. Pat Caddell echoes my grave concern. In recent remarks,

Caddell added that it is one thing for the news to have a biased view, but “It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.”

He closed his talk with these words: “The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power.

When they desert those ramparts and go to serve—to decide that they will now become an active participants—when they decide that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse—and this is the danger of the last two weeks—what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people.

And it is a threat to the very future of this country if…we allow this stuff to go on, and…we’ve crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.”

Let’s talk about it. What do readers think?

I am sure there will be some in the audience who will attack Caddell. Others may care to attack me. I welcome it and would issue the following challenge in return. Are you comfortable attacking the truth, the very bedrock upon which this nation lies?

Lonely may be the truth tellers but I would rather stand alone than with the cowards for whom the prized virtue of the truth is a foreign concept.

I hope readers will speak their minds on this commentary because I believe this erosion of the truth is actually far more important than any election.

Gut check . . . navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

  • LD

    How interesting.

    A lead article this morning on Bloomberg writes,

    Nineteen of 20 cabinet-level agencies disobeyed the law requiring the disclosure of public information: The cost of travel by top officials. In all, just eight of the 57 federal agencies met Bloomberg’s request for those documents within the 20-day window required by the Act.

    “When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk,’” said Daniel Metcalfe, director of the Department of Justice’s office monitoring the government’s compliance with FOIA requests from 1981 to 2007.

    Obama Cabinet Flunks Disclosure Test with 19 of 20 Ignoring Law

  • Peter Scannell

    You want the truth? I hear that the mutual fund money market industry can’t handle the truth!


    Hells bells.

    • LD

      I hear you!!

      BRING IT.

  • LD

    America “GETS IT”

    The foreign-policy results of the new Bloomberg National Poll haven’t gotten much attention yet, but the survey contains some bad news for the Obama campaign. According to the poll, Mitt Romney has a 48-42 advantage over Barack Obama on the question of which candidate would be tougher on terrorism. Romney, in other words, has encroached on one of Obama’s signature strengths.

    What makes this result so surprising is that the president has consistently trounced Romney when it comes to counterterrorism. A Fox News poll earlier this month found that 49 percent of respondents trusted Obama to do a better job than Romney in protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, compared with 41 percent who put their faith in the Republican candidate. The president had a 51-40 advantage on handling terrorism in an ABC News/Washington Post poll around the same time, and a 50-35 edge on carrying out the war on terror in an Ipsos/Reuters poll in August. The Democrats’ rare national-security muscle was on full display at their convention, where speakers boasted about the administration’s successful raid against Osama bin Laden and targeted killings of al Qaeda leaders.

    The Bloomberg poll contains other grim findings for Obama — such as declining approval of the president’s diplomacy and a neck-and-neck battle between Obama and Romney on flashpoint campaign issues such as energy independence, Chinese trade practices, relations with Israel, and Iran’s nuclear program (61 percent of respondents were skeptical about Obama’s pledge to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon). There are also bright spots for the president, like healthy skepticism about Romney’s promise to designate China a currency manipulator and Obama’s continued advantage over Romney on the question of which candidate would be better suited to handle a Mideast crisis.

    Significantly, Bloomberg’s survey, which was conducted from Sept. 21-24, is one of the first polls to come out since the wave of anti-American protests in the Middle East.

  • Barry

    Thanks, Larry, as you know from recent exchanges I concur 100%.

    110% would not be truthful!?!

  • Diana

    Thank You for your incisive ability to express what so many of us (who read and ponder)have gradually grown to realize. It is reassuring to know there are still critical observers of the political scene who grasp the “bigger picture” and who are not afraid to sound the alarm in an attempt to get others to pay attention. As I view television political ads these days and listen to the extraordinary biases of various commentators, I cannot help but think media folks must surely view Americans as profoundly “dumbed down” and incapable of recognizing blatant manipulation. We need more voices such as yours, Mr. Doyle, to give us some straight talk.

  • John Vance


    In the wee early hours of yesterday, I penned the below comments to my Facebook page. Today, I googled “for lack of truth” and found your comments.

    I have decided that I am not Democrat or Republican, I am a truth teller. I would rather vote for the candidate who best held to the truth than the candidate that best twisted the truth.
    What is destroying our country is "no accountability" to truth telling.

    My God, our children and grandchildren will grow up to have no more propensity towards telling the truth than our politicians. Think about that, this is depressing beyond my ability to pass my lessons of life onto my future generations.

    How can we expect our children or grandchildren to be more truthful than the people we elect as president or senator or congressperson?

    I am sick, because telling the truth, is not a requirement any more to holding political office, and knowing how easy it is to be corrupted by political office, to not impose a requirement of truth, dooms us to politicians who are in no way comparable to the John Adams', George Washington's, and Abraham Lincoln's of our glorious past

    How are we ever going to find another George Washington or, Abraham Lincoln, if we are not going to grade our candidates by their ability to mean what they say and say what they mean?

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