Today's politicians violate one of the Ten Commandments nearly every time they speak.
The ninth commandment says, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." And yet our politicians continuously do just that.
The guilty come from every political persuasion, but the worst offenders in election year 2012 are those on the far right of the political spectrum. Their target is our President, Barack Obama.
The zingers directed his way range from the embellishment of negative stories, to distortion of the truth, to outright lies. There are insinuations and inuendos that he is not one of us, that he is a Muslim, that he was not born on U.S. soil, that his associates are un-American, that he is a socialist, that he is hell-bent on attacking religion.
Especially sad is the fact that those bearing false witness against our current President include the Republican candidates who are seeking to unseat and replace him. They will seemingly do anything, or say anything to discredit him. And then there are those Republican legislators--who take the floor in the House or the Senate to make false statements, and spew their venom.
All this has been going on for a long, long time, but there is consoling history to consider. In election year 2008, there were enough Americans of good conscience to repudiate the false claims and derogatory remarks and put Barack Obama in the White House.
And there is reason to believe that there will be sufficient numbers of just such Americans in election year 2012 to keep him there.