Politics and campaigns are often filled with distortions, falsehoods and deceptions. This article focuses on two issues wherein I believe the US voters are not being told the whole truth. One phrase for this is “deception via omission of facts.”
Anti-Abortion Rally: Washington DC Jan 29, 2011
In this rally, the usual calls to ban abortion were heard. They urged people to vote for a pro-life candidate who would appoint Pro Life US Supreme Court Justices and then overturn Roe VS Wade.
On the surface, this seems a possibility. But when one does a little research, one finds that the personal moral beliefs of the Supreme Court Justice or Associate Justices is not relevant when considering a case. This could be realized by looking at the various Supreme Court cases throughout our nation’s history.
The second problem with the call to ban abortion is that no Republican President could force the US Supreme Court to review Roe VS Wade. It already was reviewed via another US Supreme Court case in 1992.
The case “Planned Parenthood vs Casey” originated in Pennsylvania. In it, the Pennsylvania Control Act of 1992 was challenged. The challenge eventually reached the Supreme Court. However, in that case, the Supreme Court also ruled that an unconditional ban on abortion is unconstitutional.
Those advocating reversing Roe vs Wade never mentioned this US Supreme Court case.
This is not the only instance where the voters are not being told the truth.
Repeal Of The Health Reform Law
As you well know: On Jan 19, 2011, the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal Health Reform. That is what they want the public to know.
Now here is what the public may not know: On January 26, 2011, the HR Ways and Means Committee questioned Dr Goolsbee about what Obama was willing to change in the Health Reform bill and agreed (without a vote) that they would make those changes. I listened to that this meeting. One representative even apologized for holding the meeting after voting to repeal the health reform law!
The advantage of listening to Congressional Committee hearings is that one quickly realizes what public statements by Congress members are deceptive and what statements are true. Whether intentional or not, the omission of certain facts can be deceptive. Originally published as a comment regarding the following article about Nancy Pelosi written by Marc Schenker in the Examiner.
Almost everyone (regardless of political orientation) agrees that the political claims regarding the health reform law is another prime example.