You want you have some idea of what is true? Then you have to have accept the fact that everyone has their bias, and you have to get your information from a variety of sources. Why is that so necessary? The lying politician “knows” we are stupid. The lying politician “knows” we are more easily deceived than informed.
Are you willing to take the time to become informed? Then consider our local congressional race, the competition between Gerry Connolly and Keith Fimian for the 11th Congressional District. In order to help its candidate, Gerry Connolly, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has circulated a mailer and sponsored a TV ad (see here) that tells us that Fimian does not share our values.
- Fimian sits on the board of a fundraising organizing that would outlaw our right to choose.
- Fimian’s company was sued more than 40 times.
- Fimian’s company was slapped with a $16,000 IRS tax lien.
These charges are provided without context or explanation. Their sole purpose is to frighten us. The authors of these charges “know” their charges will work because they “know” we are stupid.
The first charge I dealt with in this post. Essentially, the ad accuses Fimian of being a Catholic. It charges Fimian with participating on the board of an organization that affirms his Catholic faith.
The second and third charges are equally vicious. Fimian started and operated a nationwide business, U.S. Inspect. How big is the company? Fimian’s campaign responded this way.
The Fimian campaign has dismissed the ad and mailings as misleading and false and says that the Catholic League has called on Mr. Connolly to denounce the “bigoted anti-Catholic attacks.”
Fimian campaign manager Zack Condry said that his candidate’s company, U.S. Inspect, performs roughly 155,000 home inspections a year and that the lawsuits are the result of a “very few disgruntled folks.”
“These attacks are the Connolly con game,” Mr. Condry said. “He wants to mislead people so they don’t look at his failed record of high taxes, economic mismanagement and personal corruption.” (from here)
Any nationwide organization is going to get sued and have tax problems. We have lots of lawyers and our tax laws are way to complex.
Instead of trying to deceive us about his opponent, Fimian’s ads tell us about him. Check out this ad, for example.
Interested? Then check out Fimian TV