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Disraeli was right…

In It Bugs Me on February 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

“There are three types of lies in the world… Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  -Benjamin Disraeli

“How can you tell when a politician’s lying to you?  His lips are moving…”  -Anonymous

What it all seems to come down to, when you think about it, is that Disraeli wasn’t lying… Politicians lie about anything and everything, even when they don’t have to.  It’s like they get some sort of endorphin rush out of it.  And who pays the price?  We do, of course.  It is we, the people, who supply the money that they find new and creative ways to embezzle in the name of governance.  It is we, the people, who have to put up with the farrago of unintelligible, conflicting, and nonsensical “rules and regulations” they put out.  It is we, the people, who supply the manpower (and womanpower) they squander in wars for the benefit of a multinational oil company, or a “friend” in another government who needs a favor.

There are several obvious solutions to this, many of which I decline to state because of the scrutiny of Homeland Insecurity.  One I will state is this… Vote with your feet.

They’re doing something you can’t countenance?  Go somewhere else.

This probably won’t happen, primarily because people in general are too lazy, too scared, or too poor to pick up and move.  “Too lazy” and “too scared” are things that have to be handled at the internal level of a person; “too poor” is more of a societal problem, which probably won’t get handled while the current hierarchy is in place.

Sad.

So what sort of solution is possible, practical, and available?

Haven’t figured that out yet… we’ll see what I can come up with, and, just for shits and giggles, why don’t you try too?

It couldn’t hurt, as far as I can tell.

 

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  1. Perhaps the issue isn’t with the politicians, but with the people who have voted them into office. I say this because the politician often acts as a reflection of the people. So when we are lied to by a politician, think of it instead as us lying to ourselves. I have honestly come to believe that many people would prefer to be lied to than have to deal with the hard facts. It is more than preference, it is the culture of many Americans. The irresponsible, incomprehensibly childish everyday culture we live in (see “Kardashian” et al) has bred the political culture we are now forced to have to deal with (see “Mitt vs Gingrich”).

    To be true, the only true solution is to change the culture, because we can’t have it both ways. We are either living in an America where we accept the lies and let someone else care about the problem, or in an America where we demand the truth and are responsible enough to think for ourselves. Good luck trying to convince people that they have to actually do something for themselves; many are insistent that their inaction is justifiably actionable.

    Like I said, I think many people would prefer to be lied to.

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