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On Vox: Straight Talk? You decide

Dave likes to say that it doesn't matter who you vote for, that it's all the same either way. I don't believe that.

I am not so naive as to believe that one side is good and the other evil; we all project an image of ourselves that is less than truthful, we all possess some of the qualities of the villain and some of the hero. Any elected official wants to stay in office and persuade us of their point of view.

However, what I can't abide is someone who has a distorted moral compass. Someone who is apparently intelligent, but will say anything, no matter how illogical or inconsistent to gain personal advantage. Eight years ago, John McCain made a decision that he wasn't going to get to be President unless he kissed ass, unless he played by the rules of the GOP and Karl Rove. They scared him with their lies about him and his family. They intimidated him and they made up the rules and the fiction and the necessary lies to get their boy George W elected. They made him sit on the sideline for eight years as punishment for being a "maverick" to prove that he could pay by their rules, speak only when spoken to and stay on script, no matter how many times they changed the script. And they taught McCain a lesson in how to lie and how you must give up your integrity to win.

Let's teach him (and every other politician) some other lessons in November. 

Americans value integrity.

Americans want a President who thinks and feels deeply.

Americans want a President they can be proud of.

Americans won't stand for being treated like idiots or for being made to look like idiots around the world.

Americans want the truth and are smart and brave enough to know what to do when they are faced with hard truths.

Americans are done being lied to, discounted and unrepresented.

At least I hope to God we are.

Originally posted on patty.vox.com