Tillman Story: A must see

The Tillman Story is a remarkable documentary about a family that wouldn’t take the pill the government wanted them to swallow. Pat Tillman, son, brother, and husband, was killed by his team in Afghanistan.  The army told the world he was a hero. Awarded him the Silver Star. Problem was, it wasn’t true. Check out the new documentary. It tells the story. The true, whole story pf Pat Tillman.

And thank God for that. That in this country, this world, eventually the true story about everything will come out. The people demand it, despite government’s efforts to dissuade the truth because it may cast a bad light on the very government supposed to support and be of the people, by the people. I think it says that somewhere in our Constitution.

There is a reason today the public doesn’t trust its government. The government, composed of people, is not trustworthy. It spends an exorbitant amount of time trying to spin tales so it appears trustworthy and open, only to be exposed yet again to be the contrary. To be an institution based on misdirection and deception.

If it would only stop. Stop and redirect its energy in being candid, conversational, truthful – to the best of its knowledge at the time – and exacting. So much would change in our Great Society. It would.

I have been called naive by the best of them. One time when I was arguing that the people deserve a voice in all elections and it’s important to include the public in these decisions – whatever they may be.

I was dismissed by a once high-ranking official in a California governor’s administration. He said with disdain: “People don’t elect anybody. Contributors elected politicians. A small group of contributors and that’s all that matters.”

There’s a reason we don’t trust our elected leaders. By and large, they’re not worthy of trust.

 

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About stevewhitmore

Former award-winning newspaperman and broadcast journalist, both radio and TV, spanning three decades. Army-trained paralegal, court bailiff and prosecutor's lead investigator for the 8th Infantry Division's Judge Advocate General's Corp., Mainz, Germany. 1973-1975.
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