Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone obeyed the 8th Commandment? You know, the one that says “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor.”  Or to put it bluntly a la Sergeant Friday from Dragnet, “Just the facts, ma’am.” When I was six, I learned the ten commandments. I had no idea who or what a false witness was, what a bear had to do with anything, or  how my church would know who my neighbors Ruthie, Timmy, Randy, Sherry and others were. It would have saved me tremendous angst if number eight had been a simple “No Lying or Gossiping!”

Now, in the 21st century, almost three thousand three hundred and twenty years after we think Moses received the Ten Commandments directly from God, there seems to be an increase of lying, slander, talebearing, deceit, dishonesty, insincerity, falseness, duplicity, perjury, alternative facts, and even GASP! FIBBING!  And why all this lack of morality? Picture the Church Lady: “Hmmmm. Could it beeee…ELECTION SEASON??”

Oh, yes. The epitome of a democracy – election.  The process seems to get longer and more vicious each time. The time between elections seems shorter and shorter. Ads on TV, the internet and in print permeate our lives. Each candidate claims certain things they have accomplished, and list horrible things the opposition has done. Are they telling the truth, or breaking the 8th commandment? How on earth do we know?

Answer: FACT CHECK. Check out everything you hear. But how do you know which fact checking site to trust? Duke University is known for far more than just a great basketball team! Their “Reporters’ Lab” maintains a database of fact-checking organizations. The database tracks more than 100 non-partisan organizations around the world and requires certain criteria to be considered reliable for truth. FactCheck.org; FactCheckEd.org; MediaBias/FactCheck; Snopes.com (my personal go-to favorite!); PolitiFact; FactChecker; Our.News; and RealClearPolitics are the top fact-checkers they’ve discovered.

Don’t trust me? Yay! Now you’re getting it! Do some research then. Google “what are best fact checking sites,” or “how far left – or far right – are fact checking sites” and so forth. If you’re not in denial and willing to question things, you might be amazed at what you uncover.

So FACT CHECK. And then, most importantly, VOTE!  It’s a fact that it’s our right!!!

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