The telling of durable, convincing lies signals to voters that a candidate possesses the political skills to run the Executive Branch. “In American politics today, the ability to lie convincingly has come to be considered an almost prima facie qualification for holding high office,” .. So much of governance is about deception, bluff, and double-dealing.
Voters especially don’t mind if their presidential candidate tells a lie that appears to repudiate the party’s most sacred principles ..
The pervasiveness of campaign lies tells us something we’d rather not acknowledge, at least not publicly: On many issues, voters prefer lies to the truth. That’s because the truth about the economy, the future of Social Security and Medicare, immigration, the war in Afghanistan, taxes, the budget, the deficit, and the national debt is too dismal to contemplate. As long as voters cast their votes for candidates who make them feel better, candidates will continue to lie. And to win.
Terça-feira, Outubro 09, 2012
Why we vote for liars
Why we vote for liars por Jack Shafer: