Current events drive politics. Where does the news end and politics begin?
It can take years for the truth about an event to come out. A perfect example is the investigation into whatever the Russians did or didn’t do during the 2016 election. Will we find out the truth once and for all after months, maybe years of investigating?
Current events are easy to distort. They are simple to leverage. By the time media outlets have reshaped a controversial event to make it sales worthy and politicians decide what it’s good for we have something completely new creation on our hands. A piece of history has become a saleable commodity.
When we want to know the facts behind current events there is truth to be had. We just need to look for it, even though the truth is seldom as entertaining as fake news and distorted rhetoric.
Whenever possible posts in Civil Candor’s current events category rely on information from reputable government agencies to drill down to the truth behind a controversial event or tragedy. Failing that, it’s always good to know what voices in the House and Senate have to say and what they intend to do because that’s where the policies that shape our society come from.
The information to put current events in perspective is always out there. We just have to look for it.
The flu epidemic isn’t very glamorous. It’s difficult to get political traction from an equal opportunity disease that kills children, the fit, and the elderly and doesn’t have a clue about religion or skin color. No matter how bad this season gets, influenza just doesn’t have the appeal of other problems that push our hot buttons.
It’s true. Republicans didn’t do much last year to stop gun crimes. It’s also true that they never said they would, while Democrats spent 2017 double-dealing over gun violence. If the Democratic Party truly seeks justice for gun crime victims it needs to be fair and just about how it wants the law to be enforced.