Rough language to follow

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

Gotta tell you, I’m getting mighty fed up with the lies these politicians are telling. Does anyone else think this is the worst presidential election in memory for flat-out fabrications, half-truths and hypocrisy?

I’m not saying it’s exclusively the Republicans. I’m not saying it’s predominately the Democrats. I’m not saying Ralph Nader is the only one to accept benefits he hasn’t earned.

C’mon, folks, step outside your registered party and take a look at what the politicians have told you are the issues, and tell me these are your issues.

Tell me that this election year is the time to talk about gay marriage. Tell me you anti-gay marriage people weren’t being manipulated by the fake Capitol Hill effort to get a constitutional amendment.

Tell me you think John Kerry is the guy you see on TV. Maybe you can tell me he’s the guy that BushCo represents him as. Tell me you—even after all these years—have a real idea what George W. Bush is all about.

Tell me you cared that John Kerry’s wife told a reporter to “shove it.” Tell me you were personally offended that Vice president Dick Cheney told Sen. Patrick J. Leahy to fuck himself.

None of that matters. None of it. Here’s the problem: I can’t honestly say I can discern with certainty where the lies end and the truth begins. I read a lot of news from many different sources. If I can no longer see the lines, I don’t believe the average news consumer can, either. The only thing I, personally, want to know is precisely how the candidates intend to improve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

Now, tell me why we don’t deserve to pick our candidates based on something that does matter, like the truth. Why do we tolerate the lies and hypocrisy?

Reason to vote No. 38: Do you care about real election reform? Your vote can help ensure that you have candidates who you want to vote for.