Trust but verify
By: Chris Hanrahan
These days, trusting/believing anything said by a Member of Congress comes with an inherent tradeoff. While it isn’t advisable to believe everything the media says, it also isn’t advisable to block everything out. There is a balance of fact, which evolves, shifts, and develops over time.
Witness what happens when all sides of a conversation continue seek to press for popularity and acceptance of the things they are saying. Sometimes, facts get left behind in the process. Over time, credibility builds among some ranks, and depletes among others. Such is the nature of the shaping of public opinion.
Continue to share and discuss what matters to you most. This decision, indeed this discernment, is left solely up to you, the reader. It’s important that more people become well-versed enough to talk through differences in an open way, to be a part of the progress that can be made when understanding is built up. There are those who want to implode reasoning and demolish the useful narrative.
Consider that truth is sometimes no more than a label that which assigned without oversight and verification. The nature of opinions with respect to the issues that really matter, are thus the product of prejudice and oftentimes are a result of blindspots in reasoning and the power of propaganda in general.