true politics

This blog is dedicated to the premise that truth is manifest in facts.

Webster’s Dictionary lists the following definitions for the word truth:

the state of being the case ;  the body of real things, events, and facts ; often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality;  a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true;  the body of true statements and propositions;  the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality;  fidelity to an original or to a standard

As defined then, truth may include that which is “true or accepted as true.”   Herein lies the reason we must be careful in our understanding of what is true.  Once upon a time people believed the world was flat;  mankind for more than a millennium believed in mythical gods; and peoples throughout the ages have viewed themselves as “chosen” for greatness by their gods.

The United States of America was declared an independent nation with these words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

What makes this declaration true?  It is a statement of belief, and while it is true that our founding fathers upheld it as true, it was an assertion of truth that was in conflict with the social order of that time.  It was a “truth” that has not to this day been fully manifest in our social discourse.  And yet, many of us view it as a guiding principle for our social relations – as a true statement of our founder’s intent.

What is disturbing today is that on all fronts across our political landscape, we find less and less truth being pursued.  Instead we hear and read and mostly watch platitudes, hyperbole, and ideological propaganda that would have made the Soviet Communist Party blush.

This blog is dedicated to a logical and rational process of discerning the facts of our political discourse in America today.  Let the dialog begin from the premise that what is accepted as truth in America today may not be true at all.  The United States of America will surely have its place in human history, but there are no guarantees for the future.  What we believe to be true, and the choices we make based upon those beliefs, will have consequences.  We will only continue to lead, and prosper, if , as individuals and as a nation, we believe and choose wisely.  What we believe to be true is then a matter greatly important to our survival.

About cykman

Jon Cykman works in Washington, DC as a consultant, and is long-time student of American Politics. He started out handing out campaign materials for Hubert Humphrey during the campaign of 1968, and later went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York, College at Purchase in 1978, and an M.P.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in 1980. Jon retired from Federal Service after 31 years of service, and lives with his family in Ellicott City, MD.
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One Response to true politics

  1. Wow, what a great read! Thank you so much for your fantastic writing, i’ll be reading regularly from now on.

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