Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Moment of Truth

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Moment of Truth

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THERE'S SOMETHING SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE about the truth, even though hearing it can sometimes feel like you've ripped a Band-Aid off an old scab. Perhaps that's why we Americans gravitate toward the sting of "just the facts, ma'am" truth-tellers during the most difficult periods in history--Jimmy Carter after Watergate, FDR in the Great Depression, and Honest Abe during the Civil War--rather than sticking with the mind-numbing lull from politicians who'd rather tell us what they think we want to hear.

After eight years of being told that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that our economy is fundamentally sound, that our president is a "uniter, not a divider," and that all Americans will be "treated with dignity and respect," there's little question that we're in desperate need of a little honesty. This magazine went to press a week before November 4, so I can't yet speak to who our new president will be. And even if I could, it would be too early to say whether his election will, as we all hope, usher in a new era of honesty to the White House. …

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