First, we all have a past. If we are all honest, we’ve done something we wish we hadn’t done. True, we all don’t have the media hounding us, but we do have to live with each decision we make. Christine O’Donnell has admitted to dabbling in witchcraft. She has a past, but don’t we all?
The real story isn’t that she dabbled in witchcraft because she was fairly young at the time. High school for many of us was many years ago. Do we really want the media to find out each thing we did wrong in high school? No, I thought not. The truth is that she was smart to come out and tell what was going to come out sooner or later. The truth usually sets us free, right?
That isn’t always the case if you have the media hounding you. Add to that the opposite party, who will pounce on any political piece they can find to use against you. Christine O’Donnell is in for the ride of her life. Whether she realized what she was doing when she admitted to her high school antics or not, she now has to face both parties and explain if her early “high school witchcraft” has any bearing on her beliefs now. If so, how, when, where, and why?
Even though the media aren’t always forgiving, I believe when American voters hear that this was done while in high school, they will be forgiving. Many of us did things in high school that have no bearing on who we are today. Let’s give O’Donnell the benefit of the doubt and let her explain who she is today. Does O’Donnell still believe in witchcraft?
As far as politics go, if more politicians came out and said what they mean and mean what they say, American voters would have more belief in the political system. That unfortunately isn’t how politicians usually operate. The truth isn’t always the truth, and what they say isn’t always what they mean. For an American voter, it can be confusing at best to wade through the truth, half-truths, and non-truths.
If we can learn anything from Christine O’Donnell, politicians can take it from this Tea Party supporter that it is better to speak the truth than to keep the truth hidden. She dabbled in witchcraft and was honest with American voters. Now, she allows each voter to get to know her and decide if she is still that person or, like the rest of us, different. I certainly hope people don’t hold me to the person I was in high school. What about you? Will this be ancient history by November, or will this taint her chances for the 2010 November election?