Campaign strategy: tell the truth.

As Election Day approaches, I again find that I am increasingly annoyed with the voices of candidates for nearly every single office up for reelection. Their commercials get one shot with me: if they blow it, I hit mute on the remote every time it may be repeated.

I try hard to be a good citizen: I educate myself on the issues, and I vote—always. As an employer, I encouraged my employees to do the same. I encourage those I coach to vote. Yet it gets harder and harder to vote intelligently because it gets harder and harder to figure out when someone is telling the truth. There should be a law that automatically disqualifies you from running if you are caught lying. We deserve better.

Then once people are in office, imagine how much they could achieve if lying was forbidden in every single forum they vote in on our behalf!

I’m a fan of the morning news, and today I did listen (my husband is off and kept the remote away from me) to yet another lame conversation between a reporter and two opposing candidates, these for our congressional seat, where one said, “my opponent has voted for _______” followed by the other saying “no I didn’t. However my opponent _______” Aren’t those voting histories public record? How dumb do they think we are?

Then of course the reporter never has enough air time to insist they simply tell us what they are planning to do. Period. We don’t need you to evaluate the other guy: leave that, and the truth of their performance to us. Tell us about you. Or is your own truth too ugly even for you to bear?

The motto of our state is “Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ke pono,” translated as meaning “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” If we’re to have any shot at this in our state, and in our country, we need to demand the truth from those we vote for.