Hillary’s Tortuous Math:
How Many Issues Does It Take To Make One Issue?
Truth Telling in Politics – and Elsewhere
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders is a one-issue candidate. Is he really? Is Hillary really telling the truth? Let us count. Let us see how many individual issues it takes to make the one single issue that she is talking about.
But before we do that, let us talk morality, political and otherwise. And here is how it works. When you don’t have morality or character, it does not matter what you say or do not say. In your eyes, lies acquire the same legitimacy and sanctity as truth. You rationalize your lies by arguing: Ends Justify the Means!
Everybody Is Doing It
Or you simply say: Everybody Is Doing It!
Next time, try telling that to the cop who stops you for speeding on the freeway.
That is why the Qur’an repeatedly makes a case for character building – along with education. The Qur’an calls it Tazkiyah: purity and perfection of character.
But Bernie Sanders does not appear to be one of those politicians dealing in falsehood. He does not seem to peddle lies to push his arguments. In fact, he proudly points out that he never ran a single negative ad in his entire political career.
And Bernie Sanders is going on 75.
Truth Is What the World Needs
If elections are democracy and democracy is Islam, there can neither be free and fair elections nor true democracy without a total and uncompromising commitment to truth, and nothing but truth, on the part of all.
What the world doesn’t know, and what Muslims will not tell the world, is this: The Qur’an came into this world to create a revolution – An Education Revolution.
Everything else, if you follow Qur’an’s logic, seems to be secondary to that goal.
And it makes perfect sense.
For, education empowers and equips human beings to make all the necessary decisions that they should make in this world. And that includes the most important decision of whether or not to say “Yes” to God – whether or not to be a Believer.
But education all by itself cannot accomplish this goal. To do its job well and effectively, education must be coupled with character training.
Character Makes the Difference
And that basically means training every male and female to tell the truth; to recognize the truth; to support the truth; to stand up for the truth; and, if necessary, to undergo suffering and hardship for the truth.
That is why the man who was selected by God to bring the Qur’an into the world was elevated to the level of being the Most Truthful Man in Both Speech and Conduct: As-Saadiq, Al-Ameen.
The reference obviously is to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
So, in the revolution that Qur’an came into this world to produce, education and character, scholarship and truth-telling, knowledge and personal and professional integrity, are part of the same coin.
That is why you will see education coupled with character building in the Qur’an: Ta’leem coupled with Tazkiyah.
Truth Telling in Politics
And nowhere, perhaps, is one’s capacity to tell the truth more seriously challenged than in politics, especially during elections.
And that too during presidential elections – in particular – where the stakes are so high: for America and for the entire world.
And, over countless presidential election cycles, I have not seen one in which truth was more severely tested than the present presidential primaries of 2016.
Candidates and their campaigns lie through their teeth – and the American People seem to know it.
Donald Trump may brand Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” but the American People seem to hear and read it as a more general brand name: “Lyin’ Politicians.”
Truth Component in the Clinton Campaign
Among those who play fast and loose with truth in this election cycle is the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The Clinton Campaign obviously has a problem with truth telling.
Clinton blatantly accuses her opponent Bernie Sanders of being, among other things, a One-Issue Candidate.
Now, those who know elections understand that what the candidates say in their stump speeches is fed to them by their hired-gun campaign operatives, consultants and pollsters.
But that is where the candidate’s own character comes in. For, when all is said and done, it is the candidate that not only sets the tone for the campaign, but is also ultimately responsible for all that the campaign says and does.
American People Can See and Hear the Truth
Those with conscience and character will – they must – filter out the lies, no matter which campaign is promoting them, and stick to truth as much as they can.
The American People will know the truth and truth shall set them free. Right now, truth seems to be coming mostly from Bernie Sanders, and, believe it or not, in small bits and pieces also from Donald Trump.
And that seems to be empowering the American People.
That is what accounts in large part for the seeming revolt of the masses, as symbolized by the so-called Sanders and Trump Revolutions that are sweeping America this election cycle.
The American People smell a whiff of truth wafting over the hills and dales of America and they have found their freedom and they have found their power.
Regardless of where this new-found freedom and power take them, for the time being at least the American People feel free and they feel the power.
One of the major lies – one of many desperate ones peddled by the Clinton Campaign – is that Bernie’s is a One-Issue Candidacy. It sounds good as a slogan, and it sounds true on the face of it, because Sanders talks about the economy all the time.
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