Truth and the Freedom Series

Both “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” considered the proposition that Russia was involved in hacking in the American election and also involved in rigging the election in order to make Trump the winner of the election.

During the last third of his campaign, Trump repeatedly and publicly alleged that the election was rigged. If he lost the election, Trump trumpeted, it would be proof that the election was rigged.

We reacted when the election results came in. A recount of the votes in three states was endeavored. Trump objected to the recount efforts. It’s been said in other places that his objections to the recounts make no sense. Having the votes recounted would confirm his victory in those states. So why is he objecting to the recounts?

The issue of a rigged election, interference by Russians in the American election process, was also part of the discussion. Trump’s persistent bellowing of interference and rigging continued all the way up to election day. But now his campaign team objects to being called on those allegations. They scream foul and claim the allegations are sour grapes.

candleflame - In search of the truth

In search of the truth

Actually, we’re now looking more closely at the claims and accusations that were pronounced by the candidate for President, Donald Trump. How can it be unfair to ask (again) for proof of the claims of election tampering?

On “Face the Nation,” Kellyanne Conway was asked a question about these campaign allegations. Instead of answering the question, she deflected it by turning to another aspect of the campaign and how unfair some of the DNC tactics were.

Some questions that need to be answered are whether there was in fact election tampering, whether there was hacking of the political parties (DNC as well as RNC), the veracity of the election results, and whether our President-elect can be trusted to help those who are in this country realize the Roosevelt promises of freedom of speech and worship as well as freedom from hunger and fear.

Observation: Time after time and with each passing day, we seem to be gifted with real, public scrutiny examples of the tools of an abuser.

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Restriction from

In various times of allowing a dictatorship to overtake a country, things took hold because there were those who chose to do nothing for various reasons. Some chose inaction because they felt they did not have the power nor the tools nor the importance to resist or be an effective member of a resistance. Some remained inert because of fear based on many things that were relevant to their healthy existence. (It’s ironic that a dictatorship and tyranny lead to a very unhealthy existence.)

There were those who chose to act. Their numbers were small in regard to public presence. But there were also those who chose to act while staying in the background.

At some point in the near future, the many proofs of the campaign accusations and inflammatory rhetoric will emerge. Then we will be an informed public.

Meanwhile, we continue to create a new national culture that is no longer based on trust but fear. One of the healthy outcomes of this 2016 election is the motivation to become more educated about many aspects of our nation and the systems that caused it to be part of the Rockwell vision of “Freedom From.”

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The Information Age and Full Disclosure

A friend twittered the following information from a news story earlier today:

“Personal disclosure..Pew Internet & American Life study ‘Digital Footprints’ 60% not worried about how much info is avail about them online.”

A few days ago, there was news reportage here about personal privacy on the Internet. According to someone’s study, an even larger percentage of people were not surprised nor distressed about the amount of information about them on the Internet. In fact, they expressed the opinion that anything you want to find out about them is findable via the Internet or through some other means. Let’s face it, we essentially live in a fish bowl.

The only thing that troubles me about the information that’s available is the reliability of the source. There are some places that will not bother to get accurate facts nor check the data for accuracy. In those cases, you gather a great deal of information that isn’t true and then act on the false information.

If that means you don’t hire or choose not to associate (or any other factor relating to being involved with the person in question), it means you’ve created your own loss. To the extent you treat them with distain, you’ve doubled the loss; once the truth is revealed, there is a huge question about whether they will be forgiving and willing to align theirself with you and your efforts.

And if their unique talents would be just the icing on the cake for whatever effort, the loss is even greater.

But the Internet is full of information. Indeed, the Internet makes information more readily available than it was before. But as with all things we use, as we gather information, we need to be careful about what we find and use. It’s important to fact check to determine legitimate information, puffery, libel.

And after all of that, we need to determine whether all that we see fits the personality, Furthermore, people will have taken a stance at one point in time, based on available information and the fever of uninformed youth unaware they still need additional information and/or forgetting to ask the probing questions that move us closer to the heart of the issue. Ten, twenty years later, with more information and seasoned reason, their perspective may have drastically changed.

But it’s all there, available and waiting to be found, as well as how we determine is the proper way to find and use it.