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|My comments here are not directed at either candidate mentioned in this article. The article just reminded me of something I believe about not only politicians, but a lot of us.|
Did you ever notice how two politicians can address the same issue, differ on the positions, yet both claim the high ground or truth? It is because two (at least two) methods of presentation. They are factselect and situational truth.
Factselect gives people the opportunity to include some elements of the issue and leave out others. Light can be placed on the element on which the presenter want people to focus, while ignoring those elements that are hard or risky to explain. We see this a lot when a politician is asked a direct question. Often the answer is incomplete or shifted to the sub-part of the issue that the politician can or wants to answer.
Situational truth is a collection of facts and pseudo-facts arranged in a manner to produce that which conveniently relieves the politician of moral and/or actual liability for the situation or issue. The politicain can thus claim the high ground because the truth, while it is claimed on this issue can be untruth in another. But we all know (or should know) that truth is truth whether we like it or not. Shades of gray only apply to and only exist when we have competing interests to consider when deciding how we want to think and act in response to the truth. While there are times when there is no one “right” answer and times when there isn’t even a “good” answer, denying the existence of the truth is never a valid option.
Discerning voters need to be able to spot factselect and situational truth.
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