“Did you wash your hands?” A simple question I asked my four year-old son. “Yeah…” he responded with his voice fading. I know his “yeah”, with that tone, is not necessarily the truth. Since he did not reply with a “yes” or “no”, I know he is up to something. The lack of strength in the reply drives me to look further into his answer. Sure enough when I take a look at his little hands, they are dirty!
For eight months, the American people have been asking simple questions to find out how a terrorist attack happened on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Immediately following the terrorist attack we were given some answers from our leaders with their voices fading. We were sold on an idea that it was a YouTube protest. I am pleased to see the hearings that are taking place to dig a little deeper and find out whose hands are dirty. I was beside myself listening to some of the hearing clips.
Former Secretary of State Clinton said, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” Clinton asked the Republican Senator. “It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.”
It makes a big difference. The truth makes a big difference.
I think we should take the same stance with the politicians who work for us as we do with our kids. It is time to expect the truth and examine the answers we are given. We elect them. We choose them because we believe they will best represent our choices and desires. I believe, now more than ever, we hold them accountable for the decisions they make on our behalf. Let’s continue to look into the truth and find the answers to our questions. The decisions they make do make a big difference in our lives.
Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred. Alexander Hamilton