Thursday, December 22, 2005

Politicians hide behind principles

"Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles."
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Bierce had a way of cutting through crap to find truth, then to say it in a witty manner. In this case, he clarifies that the first interest of politicians is always self interest.

Politicians, like advertising agencies, have developed ways of couching the most negative of news in positive ways. These ways always make the politicians look good.

Is a contest of political principles good for us? It is if the contestants are equals and their respective abilities to get their message out are balanced. If not, we get skewed messages that are opinions disguised as facts.

We deserve to know where our political representatives stand on important matters, if those political representatives plan to vote according to their own conscience rather than according to the wishes of their constituents.

When they hide behind principles as an excuse for hiding their intentions from us, they do us a disservice.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to force politicians to make their intentions as to how they will represent us clear.
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