Whom to Believe?

It is an unfortunate truism of politics that partisans tend to believe the worst about members of the opposite party and no amount of facts — if, indeed, facts can be agreed upon — move people from their entrenched positions. Largely, I think, it’s all about gaining or keeping power and not actually discovering the truth or solving problems.

In a relativistic age when everyone has their own “truth,” how does one discern what is objectively true and what is false? And the even bigger question is how does one persuade someone who refuses to believe irrefutable facts that they are wrong?

If everyone has their own “truth” then nothing can be said to be true. If we no longer teach – even impose – virtue and the importance of good character, then we get their opposite. Seeking to appease everyone with a claim that we must accept almost everything, we jettison the value of honor, self-control and integrity. If bad character always seems to win, what’s the point of modeling the good?

Which brings me to the case of Hunter Biden and two conflicting positions.

Attorney General Merrick Garland says David Weiss, the U.S. Attorney for Delaware who spent five years investigating

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