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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The May 2 editorial “Abortion political ad skirts the truth” exposes the first pants-on-fire ad in the gubernatorial campaign, a claim that Terry McAuliffe “refuses to require women’s health clinics to provide the same sanitary environment we expect of dental offices and hospitals.”
The unvarnished truth, of course, is that the newly legislated construction codes for women’s clinics are meant not to make them more sanitary, but to close them down. Dishonesty is at the heart of this legislation.
Skirting the truth was the modus operandi of the health care opponents with their “death panel” lie, as was the charge in the 2012 election campaign that Democrats cut $700 billion from Medicare to help fund the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., voted against the bill on background checks for gun purchases, voicing her concern that it would establish a national registry of gun owners, when the bill expressly prohibits that.
Lying to achieve a political or social goal is ethically and religiously reprehensible and deserves public repudiation. It would seem that some politicians think, maybe contrary to their personal ethic, that skirting the truth in the political realm is justifiable.
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