Over the weekend, I was accused of making “slanderous comments” in my campaign. When I asked specifically what I said that was slanderous, I never received a response (this was part of another conversation, and I didn’t feel it was appropriate to push harder for a response).
I was truly concerned that I may have said something slanderous. Slander is the action of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation. I cannot stand falsehood. I cannot stand untruth. I will admit in my life I have spoken incorrectly, and when I’ve been shown (or found) facts to contradict what I have said, I have done all that I can to get the truth out, and remedy any hurt my lack of knowledge may have caused.
So, I went back through my campaign. Through the discussions I’ve had. Through the speeches I’ve given. Here’s the thing. I haven’t, to the best of my knowledge, said anything that is untrue. Some may not agree with my conclusions. Some may not care that I’ve brought some truth to light. But that is not slander.
I am not writing this to call out the individual. I am writing this to encourage anyone who has listened to my campaign, or read my posts, that have any questions on what I’ve communicated to ask me about them, or even better, research the topics themselves. I am confident if you do, you’ll find the same uncomfortable truths I’ve found. The question then becomes, what do you do with that knowledge?