I have mixed feelings of guilt and pride about tonight’s VP debate. Guilt that I have become so partisan. Pride that Biden was a compelling wing-man to Obama. Guilt that I found the whole thing entertaining.
What happened to having higher expectations of our selves as independent thinkers? We are stuck in a world where truth has become so relative that even facts have grown incredibly hard to discern from spin. It feels good to think that Democrats are more truthful than Republicans. But are they? By what measure can we objectively judge? Our values? Our shared experience? ‘Neutral’ fact checkers?
I find it ironic that in this ‘information age’, when information is now more widely shared than ever before, what we actually are finding we have less of is the truth. What is factual has increasingly been manufactured, spun, commodified; what is objective has steadily been made suspect, politicized, corrupt.
As I rear up determined to deprive Republicans of more power and yet another bite at the presidency, I also find myself asking about the truth.