Politicians lie because they can. The complexity of the issues and the complexity of the process shelter most political actions from meaningful discourse and scrutiny. The discourse that does exist often substitutes decibels for details. As a result, many turn off entirely; others merely vote — on heaven only knows what basis. This corrosive reality undercuts democracy and, with it, freedom. To find a cure, we should look to the scriptures — the contents and the history.
Jesus instructs, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Gospel principles being universal, this instruction applies to politics and governance, where we, therefore, must find truth to be free. The historical unveiling of the scriptures suggests two principles necessary to find truth: (1) access to truth and (2) comprehension of truth.
Access to truth is illustrated by the Guttenberg press. By more-readily placing truth within the reach of the masses, religious energies were unleashed and principles of free worship were promoted. The scriptures, however, are complex. If they are not understood, they have little individual value.
Comprehension of truth is illustrated by the Church’s marvelous work of referencing and cross-referencing the Standard Works in the 1970s. Now, with an understanding of the topical guide, anyone can be a scriptorian — thereby promoting their freedom from ignorance, doubt and iniquity.
In the political arena, then, how do we access and comprehend truth, in order to be made free? It isn’t through town meetings, questionnaires, petitions or letters. It is (or will be) through open, two-way exchanges on political leaders’ blogs. This year, legislative process has been opened up to many of my constituents — and my reasoning and performance have improved through their involvement — because of interaction at www.steveu.com.
I can’t count the number of times political insiders have warned me that posting thoughts and receiving open input in such a way surely would be politicians’ downfall. What they really are saying is that many politicians could not stand public scrutiny — the people would know the truth and free themselves of those politicians. A new class of political leaders would emerge, a class that would meet the public’s way of thinking. In a representative democracy, this is political freedom. The truth — through blogging — shall make us free.