Why We Don’t Care Our Politicians Are Dishonest
In a poll of registered voters, 53 – 39 said Hillary Clinton is not honest and trustworthy. They also say 60 – 37 percent that she has strong leadership qualities. A May 21st Pew Research poll reveals only 23% of Republicans believe the GOP Congress is keeping the promises they made while 65% believe they are not.
Our Politicians Are Dishonest
The American people recognize the relationship between politics and misdirection, so honesty isn’t that important an attribute when they go inside the voting booth. In their minds, if they’re picking between a list of folks who are all dishonest (as the majority of those in the poll were also below 50%) then it is even less important.
And to be perfectly honest we don’t care if our guys lie either, as long as they are lying in our favor.
Politicians have a reputation for good things happening around them dishonestly. Deservedly, in the manner that their associates get big-ticket bribes. Not so deservedly in the concept that America does really well as a result.
Everyone wants to think their politician isn’t dishonest no matter the evidence. It’s like the lottery. People thinking “you have to play to win” aren’t going to be persuaded by probability or have eschewed it.
So it doesn’t matter if Hillary, Jeb, or you (run for office) are dishonest or not. Voters want to be rewarded so good things will happen to them. And we all know what Americans think losers deserve.
Politically, the GOP hasn’t offered their voters any contrast to Hillary at all when it comes to honesty. How is the public supposed to believe they are more honest than Clinton when they they campaigned on immigration, Obamacare, gay marriage, and spending, but their progress continues?
If GOP voters go third party, they’re helping Democrats. If they vote Republican, and not Democrat nor third-party, the results seemingly do not halt what is perceived to be the agenda they’re voting against. Thus, more and more voters feel their vote does not matter.