I don’t mind doing in-depth analysis. I do a show that treats you like critical-thinking adults, not low-information voting children who can only handle enough truth and data to fit into a single Tweet.
But sometimes in-depth analysis isn’t required. Sometimes all the data and argumentation in the world simply comes down to one question—who do you trust?
The details surrounding the aptly named “gang of eight” immigration bill and Benghazi are complicated for sure. For those of us out here in the cheap-seats, they’re also largely unattainable. We simply don’t have the resources it requires to investigate them exhaustively. Therefore, we rely on those who do to make it plain for us.
But what happens when there are conflicting accounts of those details? Then, it becomes a matter of trust.
Over the years, I’ve often been accused of demanding perfection; but that’s not true at all. What I demand is the same thing you demand of me—integrity. Integrity isn’t perfection because only one Man is, which is why the rest of us need Him.
Integrity is a consistency between right belief and right behavior. Even the best of us fall down, make bad calls, have blind spots, and commit terrible mistakes at times. But over the long haul of someone’s life and calling, you either see that consistency or you don’t. They either get it right much more often than they get it wrong or they don’t.
When it comes down to Benghazi, who has integrity here?
Is it Gregory Hicks, a man the Obama Regime once thought enough of to make him their second in command in all of Libya? Or is it President Obama? Is it Hicks, who has faithfully served administrations in both parties during a 22-year career in the U.S. State Department that has spanned six countries (and has been awarded a dozen merit pay or honor awards during his tenure)? Or is it Obama, the man who tells the child killers at Planned Parenthood “God bless you,” tries to make Christian institutions and companies provide abortifacients for their employees, and has disregarded the Constitution countless times already?
That one is a no-brainer. But so is this next one.
When it comes to illegal immigration, who has the integrity here?
Is it former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (the man now at the head of the Heritage Foundation), or is it the group of current U.S. Senators that make up the “gang of eight?” I really admire DeMint, but he isn’t infallible (and I have disagreed with him before.) But if you could only choose one to get into a Constitutional foxhole with, who would you rather have your back? Jim DeMint, or John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bob Menendez, and Charles Schumer?
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