What a wonderful title The Telegraph (a British left-wing paper) used to catch my attention: “The Truth is That Politicians are Telling Lies.” I really ought not to say that it is a left-wing paper because so many of them are. I should call those publications that are honest as “truthful” or “fair” or “balanced” but I also wanted to warn you, if you decide to click through to read it for yourself that there is an agenda there. They is always an agenda.
But Janet Daley’s agenda appears to be wanting to tell the truth about politicians. She grieves over the recent elections in the US and in France where communists were both elected president:
Was 2012 the year when the democratic world lost its grip on reality? Must we assume now that no party that speaks the truth about the economic future has a chance of winning power in a national election? With the results of presidential contests in the United States and France as evidence, this would seem to be the only possible conclusion.
That’s a backwards way of saying that only liars get elected. That’s pretty hard.
Any political leader prepared to deceive the electorate into believing that government spending, and the vast system of services that it provides, can go on as before – or that they will be able to resume as soon as this momentary
emergency is over – was propelled into office virtually by acclamation.
I’ve written frequently about the hole our government has dug for itself – growing larger by the minute – with no one (except Ron Paul, and he is ignored) even mentioning just how large it really is ($222 trillion and growing by $11 trillion a year). Politicians are fighting inevitable math and so rather than tell the truth – it’s beyond us, we’re going to have to default, sorry about that – instead they conduct Kabuki theater, conducting high-level meetings and calling up emergency sessions that make headline news and inspire breathless talking heads. All of which is much ado about nothing. And certainly nothing to do with reality.
It’s quite a wonderful article. I’ll leave you with this from her:
So universal has this rule turned out to be that parties and leaders who know better – whose economic literacy is beyond question – are now afraid even to hint at the fact which must eventually be faced. The promises that governments are making to their electorates are not just misleading: they are unforgivably dishonest.