Re: Letter, “Clean Campaign, 5-29-13, exception should be taken. One cannot praise candidates for district attorney (or any other office) when all of the pertinent facts are not brought out. Otherwise, such adherence is promotion of lowering the bar, typical of the media today, in refraining from revealing the unvarnished truth, not giving the electorate a most-informed choice.
And, at the same time allowing for the debasement of integrity in accountability for effective government.
With the tone set, candidates become hesitant, not engaging in standing up on their hind legs to not being another face in the crowd to get elected; The right to openly criticize public policy (what campaigns are supposed to be about). More so, the right to free speech, the 1st Amendment. Translation: The fragility of the American psyche, which finds itself continued into existing, patsy government bodies.
It comes down to the simple, ages-old axiom; Remaining silent is to lie. Unfortunately for these mostly, so-called, Christian candidates, office holders, and media professionals there is no such place as hell. For if there were, their hypocritical stances would be compromised in future time, best illustrated in Dan Brown’s just off the press, “Inferno,” 2013, “the darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
To speak (the truth) or not to speak?
Always a choice,
John L. Erickson
P.S. Grow is world-renown as an international, best-selling author whose multiple novels, based around facts, have been read by hundreds of millions of people around the world, eg., the DaVinci Code, Lost Symbol, et al.