“So in everything: power lies with those who control finance, not with those who know the matter upon which the money is to be spent. Thus, the holders of power are, in general, ignorant and malevolent, and the less they exercise their power the better.”
― Bertrand Russell, Skeptical Essays
What should we expect from our politicians? Should we expect moral perfection? Or should we expect them to do the job they were hired to do? Back in ancient time people didn’t have books, television, and the Internet. The kings had absolute power and control over who lives and who dies. Virgins were tossed into volcanoes. These people knew how to party!
Things have changed since then. This is a democracy. We elect people to do a job. Our “leaders” really aren’t leader as much as public servants. They work for us. They are our employees. And we need to keep reminding them of that to keep them in their place, but that’s a different subject. They don’t wear a crown, they were a suit and get paid to do a job, and that job is to wisely spend the taxpayer’s money and to pass laws to keep the good order of society.
(Politics and Lies – Why Politicians lie at
There’s no point voting because the government always wins. Cynical though this is, it encapsulates the trappings of power and vested interests newly elected parties experience once in office. Look at the compromises politician have ended up making compared to their dazzling pre-election rhetoric. The realities of politics are often far away from the ideals journalists, opposition politicians and citizens can sanctimoniously luxuriate in. But that is no excuse to betray ideals altogether.
(Beware politicians’ flexible morals, posted on July 12, 2011 by Liam McLaughlin at
Power is the weakness of many politicians. Politicians will lie to gain and maintain power. Campaigns of politicians are built on lies – better roads, creation of jobs and maintenance of top jobs, as long as individuals are performing. The promises do not materialized and as a new party wins election individuals lose their jobs. The wise individual would say lies in the form of promises to the fools as a means to an end, which is to get a seat in parliament.
Greed is another motivator for some politicians to lie. Positions in government create the opportunity for politicians to accumulate what they desire. In some instances, politicians will accrue many acres of land at minimal price and during the process; the politician will lie to keep the purchase a secret.
Politicians are entrusted with the business of the people. Lazy politicians who fail to take care of the people’s affair will lie to protect themselves. Politicians also lie to protect the party or to protect members of the party to which they are affiliated.
Instances exist when a rift exists in the party and politicians will tell the media that everything is okay with the internal affairs of the party. When one thinks of a politician, one instantly thinks of the glib talker and a glib talker will lie. Lying and smooth talking are characteristics of many politicians.
Politicians lie to attain and maintain power, because of greed, to create and maintain a certain image, to protect self, family, the party and fellow members of party.
(Why Politicians lie by Paulette Shand, December 10, 2009 at
If we expect politicians to tell us the truth, we would be trusting too much. Politicians won’t tell us the truth because their hands are tied. Their hands are tied by greed, personal insecurities, vested interests and the many tribal lackeys kneeling before them for support for future favors.
There is a war of falsehood, propaganda, and lies. And politicians do not expect the people to find truth. Truth is something that is so clearly true that it hardly needs to be stated. Like it is true that politicians have hijacked the review and the people should not allow this and this is not negotiable.
It is also true that acrimonious quest to retain or acquire power often succeeds where politicians in power and outside believe the people are vulnerable to lies and manipulation.
Lying politicians need a massive catchment of the illiterate, poor and ignorant to get their way. For as long as the people are poor and dependent, lying politicians can always get away with betrayal.
(Politicians Are Not Telling the Truth for Their Hands are Tied by Okech Kendo, Sunday Standard Deputy Managing Editor at
Everyone lies from time to time. As a result, we can only conclude that there are far more lying citizens in the world than there are lying politicians. But politicians are public figures who are provided enormous authority and power, they get far more attention than the average citizen, and they depend on their public image and sales points for survival. Politicians are simply easier targets for scrutiny and are put in a position where lying may be the only option.
People say “all politicians lie” every day, but offer no concrete proof, relevance or specific situations whatsoever to support such a broad and sweeping statement. We have no proof that the average politician lies any more than the average mechanic, insurance salesperson, doctor, lawyer, parent, apartment complex manager, or anyone else.
This does not mean that politicians never lie. It means that the nature of the job has categories of lying:
• For politeness and conduct: A politician might lie to a ranting lunatic at a Town Hall meeting and say that he or she “Really cares…”
• In formal settings: A politician might make a diplomatic lie in order not to offend an important constituency or contributor.
• When blindsided by a question: A politician might be forced to give on-the-spot answers that turn out to be factually incorrect. One representative was notorious for documenting every minute of his day so that he could not be blindsided by a question and then called a liar for saying “I don’t know, maybe I was golfing.”
When a politician is given bad information, the politician can be accused of blaming others. Today’s clowning, foolish extremist politicians think that they have special powers to convince, con, scam or to manipulate others by uttering bald faced lies, then getting belligerent or dodging the questions when they are confronted.
Some are sociopaths and psychopaths who have spent a lifetime in controlling and manipulating others. Such people can no longer control their compulsions to lie. Most mature adults have experienced life with people who lie for the sake of lying, even when it would serve them better to tell the truth. Politicians are no different when they have become addicted to lying in order to get what they want from others.
A politician may decide to not answer a question, no matter how aggressively and persistently he or she is asked. A politician might change the subject, duck and dodge, and otherwise make a fool of him or herself, and that is lying by omission or evasion.
Most politicians deal with multi level, hideously complicated matters, but they have limited understandings and attention spans. Such politicians know that the audience has even more limitations than they do. This opens up opportunities for charismatic opportunists to tell blatant lies with a persistent, obnoxious and even pugnacious attitude.
But most of today’s politicians are forced to tell more and more lies because they work in a culture and a world where lying, or where accusing everyone of lying is a fixed and sad way of life for those who wish to succeed.
(Why politicians lie by Elizabeth M Young, created on: September 18, 2009 last updated: September 21, 2011 at
It is almost as if some of us have begun to accept outlandish lies, hypocrisy and the blurring of the line between fact and fiction as a part of our daily lives. We seem to have lost our need for truth through the mental exhaustion of being constantly bombarded with conflicting information. And we’re talking lying and hypocrisy big time here.
Lies, misrepresentations and deceit, not only substitute falsehoods for truth, but also become their own kind of truth, as they make celebrities out of dishonest charlatans and help to perpetrate an atmosphere of public, corporate and even government behavior that is essentially unaccountable to citizens. The spectacle behind this kind of lying merely feeds into our prurient natures and not into building a stronger and more effective social fabric. In his 2006 essay, “Why Politicians Have to Lie,” New Zealand author Philip Dorrell contends that politicians and car sales people are among the careers that we expect dishonestly to prevail. He wonders aloud how it is that even though “the words and actions of politicians are subject to intense scrutiny by many commentators and observers … politicians lie and they lie persistently.” Working with the premise that morality and politics are in conflict, he contends that voters expect too much of our politicians, largely by requiring them to take both a political position that satisfies a particular constituency and a moral position that is likely to attract or repel different parts of their target audience.
(When it comes to lies, politicians give us what we want by Leigh Donaldson at


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