We The People

Whatever Happened to Truth?

by Michael Duncan –

What has happened to the truth? During what was meant to be a Senate interrogation concerning the security failure in Benghazi, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton declares, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” as she references the attack that left four American men dead – killed at the hands of terrorists. Well… I’d like to answer that question.

At this point, Madam Secretary, it makes all the difference. Half-truths, cover-ups and deflections are all symptomatic of one great danger – the willful abandonment of truth. And I believe that the American people deserve to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.

I’ve said it for years and will reiterate it here: When truth is lost, liberty dies.

So, after Mrs. Clinton’s testimony before the Senate, I began to wonder how far down the path of political spin we’ve traveled. How far away from the truth have we wandered and is there any hope of return? Let’s take a look.

Before he was President, then Senator Obama declared that raising the debt ceiling of our Country was a sign of leadership failure and unpatriotic. Now, however, President Obama wants to have an unlimited ceiling for our national debt, with no limit to how far it can be raised. So my question: which one is the truth? Is raising the debt limit unpatriotic or is it an absolute necessity? It can’t be both.

As the then Senator Obama began his first successful campaign for President, he had a sit-down chat with the Rev. Rick Warren. He defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He also called it a sacred union. However, things change again as he now holds to the view that same-sex couples should be able to get married.  He described this change as an “evolution” of his thinking that came over several years [actually, only four – from 2008 to 2012]. I guess that marriage is not as “sacred” as he once supposed.

All of this is to say, truth is a dying commodity in the political arena. How many times do you remember your politician declaring with unwavering determination that they will stand up for the valued principles of the American people? Then, once in Washington D.C., those principles are quickly compromised or radically altered in order to gain positional power in the political games.

So, as many Americans screamed at their televisions when Secretary Clinton said her infamous statement, I say as well – truth matters! The families of those four men deserve better than that. They deserve to know what happened, and to know it in the open light, with salient testimony from the person or persons responsible.

The American people deserve to know the truth because our liberty depends on it. If, at this place in our great Country’s history, we begin to accept with no reservation the distortion of fact and the twisting of truth, we will fall. I don’t fear the economic earthquakes that shake our nation or the terrorists that plot our demise as much as I fear the politician who will not speak the truth.

We’re a great nation and we can overcome economic downturns. We’re a brave nation and can stand against the plots of evil men. But when truth is lost, liberty dies.

Michael Duncan is an author, pastor, and bible commentator on the Alive in Christ radio network. His latest novel, Shadow Remnant, is the epic story of one man’s quest to reignite the cry for liberty. Michael has shared God’s message across the U.S. and beyond. He is also on the executive board of the Northwest Baptist Convention and a board member of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association.


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