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What Sarah Palin Didn't Tell Us

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Unlike some of us, the average American does not take the time to research political issues and dig between the lines. Politics is not everyone's hobby. The average American has just enough time to absorb what they can from a few minutes each day of cable or network news, and they trust that they are sufficiently informed.

Yet, even as the right wing decries the so-called "liberal media", the mainstream press does little more than just pass along the partisan talking points.

They say that true democracy requires an informed electorate. This is a problem today, as too many voters rely on too little information, or distorted information, to make their decisions.

This is why those of us who do obsess with politics need to spend every spare minute knocking on doors, literally and figuratively, and sharing the truth. This is going to be a very close election, and so much hangs in the balance. We must do all we can to counteract the swift boaters and the disinformation machine in general.

Heaven help us if we fail.
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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 

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is that the idea of exporting our political system... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Sep 7, 2008 at 11:49:56 AM
... until the truth outshouts Steve Schmidt a... by Barbara Bellows-TerraNova on Sunday, Sep 7, 2008 at 6:53:23 PM
Comment from Ratings:   Simple symbolism... by Kyle Samuels on Sunday, Sep 7, 2008 at 11:28:30 PM
For fun my wife and I watched the Obama, McCa... by Gallaher on Monday, Sep 8, 2008 at 3:02:25 PM
What military school did you attend, Mr. Gallaher?... by Larry Retzack on Monday, Sep 8, 2008 at 3:43:56 PM
Yes, Columbia is a very good school but did Obama ... by Gallaher on Monday, Sep 8, 2008 at 4:35:28 PM
I ended up working for the FAA.... by Gallaher on Monday, Sep 8, 2008 at 4:36:21 PM
Obama has no credibility. He has never ran anythin... by Jay Timmins on Monday, Sep 8, 2008 at 10:06:06 PM
Comment from Ratings:   Close your eyes ... by Yousef Adan on Tuesday, Sep 9, 2008 at 1:37:08 AM
Yea, lets put Obama in office so Russia can go cru... by Gallaher on Tuesday, Sep 9, 2008 at 1:24:14 PM
Do americans really want Palin to be one melanoma ... by jenifoto on Tuesday, Sep 9, 2008 at 5:09:39 PM