Facts have no bias.
However, in politics it seems that what someone believes carries far more weight than facts.
There are many things people are capable of believing despite remarkable evidence to the contrary.
Here are a few:
ē You can believe Donald Trump has a lot of great ideas. He is going to charge Mexico for an anti-immigration wall. He is going to charge Middle East countries for our war efforts. He is going to get a half-dozen Fox News personalities fired for pointing out that he is a vacuous bag of wind. You can believe all of that if you want. The truth is that Trump is just another pre-primary flash in the pan who has some celebrity and has tapped into a latent racism and classism that will fly like a lead balloon once the real campaign starts. And if you support Trump and consider yourself a member of the religious right, you should be ashamed of yourself. He has no moral compass in his personal or professional life and will soon be exposed as a carnival barker that embarrassed a national party because he said outlandish things and some of them liked it a little too much. He is an actor playing a role. Henry Winkler wasnít really Fonzie and Trump isnít a real presidential candidate.
ē You can believe Hillary Clinton wasnít intentionally hiding her official communications when she used non-official email servers and accounts to discuss classified situations. Sure, the server she turned over to the FBI had been wiped clean. Sure, she is dragging her feet all the way to blowing her shot at the Democratic nomination. You can believe she was innocent of all allegations and didnít expose classified information to hackers. Maybe she was just using the most convenient email account available. Believe what you want, but innocent people donít hide evidence, and she has enough skeletons in her closet to decorate for the annual White House Halloween party.
ē You can believe that Marco Rubio bouncing a football off of a few kidsí heads in Iowa was a bad campaign move. In that case, you might be right. Like Will Ferrell accidentally punching a baby in ďThe Campaign,Ē bouncing footballs off of cute little boys and girls isnít a good look. Hitting a blond girl in the face with a football made a good ďBrady BunchĒ episode, but it isnít as popular on the campaign trail. Marco, Marco Marco! It really didnít help when a couple of the kids went down like a sniper shot them after the ball ricocheted off of their noggins. However, in Rubioís defense, he is from Florida, and Florida kids would have caught all of those passes. It isnít his fault that children in Iowa are unable to even protect their own faces from a football tossed in their direction.

Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.