The Big Think

November 1, 2013

Just Words

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:29 am

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Never has a clearer statement been made by a politician (well, not since “read my lips…” and we see how that ended).

What are we to do when there is this level of deception from our leaders? Millions of people based their votes on certain rock solid promises. Things like:

Most transparent administration in history
Close Guantanamo
Legislation up for public comment
increasing citizen privacy
reducing surveillance
reduce the deficit
stopping issuing executive orders
and on and on and on.

Each one of these promises have been broken, and broken badly.

So….

What happens when politics (and I say this about both sides) devolves to the point where you literally cannot trust a single thing that is said? When not even the force of law is enough to regulate behavior? This legislation promises that Congress will be subject to the ACA… until an extra-legal Executive Order comes out reversing that…. suckers!

What if the post-modern “no absolutes” so infects our democracy that we literally can’t count on any promises being fulfilled? For what then are we voting? Promises are empty and behavior is hidden. Can this be good for democracy? Is this the basis upon which our country was founded? Can this be considered playing by the rules?

Well, for one thing, when someone proves themselves repeatedly untrustworthy, it is only the foolish and easily snared that would ever trust them again.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me over and over and over again… what does that make me?

Roger Simon has more thoughts along these lines.

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