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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.

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