Recently, I watched the 1941 classic Preston Sturges film, Sullivan's Travels. At one point, the lead character comments that they live in "troublous times." It's hard for those of us who didn't live through those years to imagine what it was like to experience the Great Depression and World War II. The very difficult situations we face today may not be as devastating to as many people as were affected in the 1930s and '40s, but to those who are suffering now as a result of poverty and war, these must be troublous times indeed.
I applaud the efforts of committed individuals who try their best to be thoughtful consumers, but we also need to be thoughtful citizens. To that end, if you scroll down this blog page, on the right side you'll see a new link to FactCheck.org. Here's the description of the purpose of that website:
"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."
The decisions we make in November demand our full attention and rational faculties. We can't allow ourselves to be uninformed or misinformed. Little will matter of our efforts to be thoughtful consumers unless we work quickly to solve our country's significant problems with inadequate health care and health insurance coverage, inexcusable poverty, failing educational systems, corporate greed, continuing war, and diminished international respect.
I've made my decision; I urge you to do your own research.
© 2008 Cynthia Friedlob