When it comes to elections you should scrutinize everything you hear about a candidate. Here as well as any other place you can’t just believe everything you read. You actually have to seriously think about what was said and then try to marry that information with actual truth. But when you are not particularly privy to either side’s inside track, that deciphering of truth becomes a lot more difficult. Whether you listen to friend or foe neither one necessarily knows any more then you do. Hearing ‘through the grape vine’ just means that a possible falsehood is being perpetrated probably unwittingly by a group of people who just accepted the words of others. You really have to make up your own mind based on what you see and feel from a candidate and not just accept either their pundits or opponents versions of the truth.
Whether you read the republicans ‘rag’ blog, this blog, or a candidates website, you really have to try your best to see through the rhetoric. There is usually some truth to almost everything said from both sides, but putting a spin on anything to favor oneself and make the other look bad is pretty easy. THAT is what you have to look for when believing a reported truth as truth.
As a simple example, the republican candidates like to point to ‘associations’ as a reason to not trust the democratic candidates; birds of a feather flock together to put it another way. This could be very misleading if you knew no better and just accept it. But the tables can just as easily be turned by pointing out the following:
Watch the first speaker at the Special Council Meeting on Turf Field. East Rutherford Councilman Joel Brizzi is a close political friend of Councilman ‘by-a-hair Cimiluca. He ran for Bergen County Freeholder when Cimiluca ran for County Surrogate office in 2011. They both lost, Brizzi to Joan Voss and Cimiluca to Dressler. They were both together on the campaign trail in fall of 2011; Cimiluca, the mayor, or any councilperson never mentioned this before he spoke. Bringing in his buddy to talk it up IS an ‘association’ that should at least be known to understand Brizzi’s credibility, to say nothing of Cimiluca’s. Unbiased opinion and facts are thrown out the door when you are aware of some added facts.
Does this knowledge change your opinion? Is it even true? Well it is true and it is worth knowing. Whether it changes anything for you is up to you. It’s up to you to look further into anything said from either side before believing anything. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.