Politics and used car salesmen
The ease with which politicians leave behind the pledges they make is mind boggling. Personally, I've known used car salesmen with better scruples. When I posted here for the first time (after the convention) some questioned my values; would I run as an independent? While I truly believe that the post in question was out of lack of knowledge of me (Honlon's razor applies), it does raise the question of what is or is not typical of politicians.
When such obvious flaws of character become so commonplace that people immediately jump to such false conclusions, it points to deeper problems in our society. (As an aside, the day of the convention, I changed my personal website to be exactly that, personal, rather than anything to do with politics.)
If we have gotten to the point (as it appears from the Simpson and Reid camp at the least) where politicians are not people of their word, and almost everything to do with politics revolves around the words used, and we actually elect these people, then we have a problem indeed. I can half understand Simpson--now that he is out of the office (I'm presuming he will loose in November) he really has nowhere to go in law enforcement. Can you imagine him in an interview for a position working for another sheriff?
Sheriff: "So, you were sheriff in Loudoun county in your last position, where do you see yourself five years from now?"
Simpson: "Taking your position and putting you on the street."
Now, while I can see why Simpson would be desperate, that does not justify going back on his word.
I cannot see a reason for Reid going independent. I know he was a delegate. I cannot believe he did not know he was going to run as an independent when he was at the convention. (Though I can see it would have been very awkward for the campaign manager of my opponent to be declared as an independent before the convention. I also have to wonder if Gary Clemens knew this at that time.)
If we accept deception as part and parcel to politics, then we have lost our way. Pragmatism? Not what I would call it. Dishonesty is closer to the mark. I have heard it said, and fully agree, in a democratic society, the people get the kind of government they deserve. If a person can sign their name pledging to support the Republican party (or Democratic party, or Communist party) in the election, then declare themselves independent and actually receive any votes, then we truly will have the government we deserve.
That scares the living daylights out of me.
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