Trust Me! (Would I Lie to You?)

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Winning Votes

Do you trust your politicians? It seems they will promise everything to win your votes when they are on the campaign trail only to break most or all their promises when they get elected. I think this poem is a typical example of political promises.

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Trust Me!

I'll look after you,

Make health carefree.

I'll fix the economy.

Trust me!


A good education for every child,

That's the key.

I'll reduce taxes for all.

Trust me!


I'll bring our troops home,

And cut defence spending.

No more foreign intervention.

Trust me!


I'll create more jobs,

Get people off the streets.

Reduce poverty.

Trust me!

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I'll protect the environment,

Reverse climate change, you'll see.

Reduce fossil fuel dependence.

Trust me!


I'll acknowledge our Indigenous,

Protect minorities.

Stop mass shootings and bombings.

Trust me!


If you want a better lifestyle,

And care about your country.

I give you my promise,

Vote for me. Trust me!

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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Oh I loved that! Well done! I will share that since we are also have an election in May! Awesome


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Nadine, thank you. You were quick, I only just put this up. Glad it is relevant with your election coming up.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah this was simply amazing I love the trust me angle LOL got my vote :)


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Yes, and I just shared it onto my Facebook!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey hey Frank, I knew I could count on your support..lol.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey hey Frank, I knew I could count on your support..lol.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much for sharing Nadine.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

How true that is! They've been promising help for the flooding in Somerset but only now when there's public and political pressure, instead of before Christmas when the locals told them that dredging and sluicing was necessary. They all think they know best!

I think we should chuck them all out and start again!

Great poem! Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree Ann.It always take continued pressure to get them to do anything. Let's get rid of the lot, and elect normal people who actually care to office. Thanks for your kind comments.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The proper goal of any politician is to ensure the rights, freedoms, and liberties of the individual citizen. Sadly, the real goal is to stay in office and rule over the people.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Will, you are right, and you are right.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

LOL, so funny, but in reality, so sad! In my real life I work as Paralegal in a state government office that attempts to keep public officials and public employees ethical! What an arduous task that is to say the least.

Enjoyed your poem. Up and more and sharing.

Have a great weekend,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow faith what an interesting and challenging job you have. Thanks for the kind comment vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow faith what an interesting and challenging job you have. Thanks for the kind comment vote up and share.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Trust me..... Famous last words. I don't think I do though John. Not you.. the politicians. Awesome poem as always!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Jane, I thought for a second there you were saying you didn't trust me...haha....all good, the politicians. I don't either. Never trust a car salesman named Honest John, or a politician who says "trust me!" Thanks for your kind comment.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

It is unusual when a piece of writing is hilarious and profoundly sad at the same time, but you pulled it off. LOL Well done, John. A little too close to the truth.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We just had an election and one huge factor was that the winner had been elected a couple times to other office, and in fact did what he promised to do. This hub actually gives me hope because it lays out just how common the wrong is and that we are actually placing integrity up higher on our list of qualifications.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your poem is very funny, Jodah. It's also very sad, because it reflects reality!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

So well & entertainingly written, and all too sadly true, John!

I sometimes think they really do have good intentions, but when push comes to shove, they find it's hard to even stay standing, much less as uprightly as they led us (and possibly, themselves) that they would when they had the 'control'. Sad part is, politicians don't have the control, but are controlled by virtually invisible 'powers' who hold the pursestrings and the influence, - no matter the party, personal conviction and good intentions of those who find they must do their bidding. Those unelected powers hold the welfare of every politician and ordinary citizen in their grasps, strategically playing us all like chess pieces. Guess which pieces most of us are? ;-)

I've been enchanted by a little I've read about how the ancient Greeks did it. Their Senators and other high officials had to prove themselves ‘called’ by lengthy unpaid service as interns to those who had proven themselves by training and impeccable service in high offices. It wasn’t a self-promoting ‘catch-all’ for people with personal agendas and motives. It had to start with and rise to a much higher elevation of public service than may ever have been seen or achieved since then.

Even so, the offices in our governments seem to exact their own tolls on their occupants in premature graying and aging, as well as in much public maligning, no matter how they may have sincerely intended to do their jobs. It's a given that they will never be able to please everyone and often, seem to please almost no one except, possibly those invisible 'powers' whose will is imposed through the visible 'government' and upon the lives of the populace. It’s possible that it may be difficult for many in government to sleep peaceably and face another day of it. Pity.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

" Blood sucking parasites " made me lol..This is a fun read, sadly true! I do honestly think Obama had good intentions when he took office, but the house blocks every good intention. I'm afraid greed rules in every country. Thank you..


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Lol. I shouldn’t laugh because this cool poem is so tragically true. It’s not a matter of who’s lying; it’s who’s lying the most, and the reality of the world of politics in that world of "survival."

It has become the game of, “tell them what they want to hear, and forget everything else.” And therein rests the problem, because too much of the sales job is all about “us versus them,” while the important issues are lost or buried in the dummied-down rhetoric and drama the media covets in order to boost ratings.

No wonder most of our best and brightest wouldn’t touch a high-ranking public office with a ten-foot pole.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill, I really appreciate your comment. I was aiming for both funny but truthful. I guess I succeeded.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Very good points Eric, the more aware of this we are the higher the standards we aspire to get in our leaders.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Alicia, they are the same comments Bill made, so you are right it is reality.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are correct Nellieanna, most people go into politics because they think they can genuinely make a difference and to do good for their people and country only to find out that their own values count for very little. They have to follow their party line and the desires of the 'faceless' men behind the scenes who pull the strings. These are often big corporation, banks, oil and mineral companies etc. they make promises, possibly with good intentions, but soon find out they can't keep many of them. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes always exploring, I am sure Obama had good intentions, but it doesn't matter who the President is, there are higher powers who make and break decisions.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great points Genna. The media has to take a lot of the blame for the situation by what they see as a 'good' story. What intelligent morally strong person would want a job in public office? They can never please everyone, and almost every decision puts a bigger wedge between the rich and poor.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

John, this is fabulous. Trust me. It has depth and complexity while seeming to be simple. John Edwards' betrayal of his wife and public trust broke my heart. It hurts to even see his photo here. He disgusts me.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Flourish. If you feel that strongly about John Edwards, I can remove his picture. Just let me know. There are plenty of other dishonest politicians to replace him with.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Great insightful poem, but I really laughed out loud at the image at the bottom! So well done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment Blossom. Yes that definition of 'poly' and 'ticks' is very appropriate I think.. :)


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Politicians get to people's hearts with great promises and the worst of all is when they don't fulfill what they all make a big fuss about. A meaningful poem indeed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you DDE, what you say is true. I appreciate your comment.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great poem, very well expressed. Politicians do not fulfill all their promises, they have short term memory loss!!


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Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hi John, Sorry that I'm late in getting to visit your latest hubs.

I liked this one! How delightful! As I read it, I thought I could hear the distant voices of voters expressing what each of us is privately thinking when it comes to candidate promises in elections. Then I got to the end and saw your photo. It was spot on! Voted up and shared.

Good one!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

No problem Mary. I know you said you'd be away for a few days and life can be. busy. I know if I am away for a day it takes forever to read all the new hubs of people I am following. Glad you found this an enjoyable read. I tried to share some of the communities concerns, and yes the last description of politics is good. Thanks for reading and your comment.


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

I like this poem, Jodah! You brought humor into a serious subject in a very clever way.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ryem, it's good to be able to laugh at politics and religion. It's the only way of discussing them that doesn't lead to arguments I think. Glad you liked this poem.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Jodah,

I come from a very politically-active family. The "yellow-dog" kind if you know what I mean. I vote. I read, but I do not get into "it" the way most of the members of my family do mainly for the reasons you put forth in this poem. Your use of repetition is used perfectly. A definite V+ my friend.

Best Always,

Kim


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to see you Kim my friend. Thank you for your kind comment. I don't really get into it a lot either, other than voting and watching the news. I am not even sure what party I will vote for from one election to the next. I do look for politicians who sound like they have real conviction though. Thanks for the vote up too.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

Interesting. By the way I really like that movie "Campaign".


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Sadly, this is so true John. Politics is a circus as far as I'm concerned.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Monis Mas, glad you liked that movie wit Will Farrel.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Minnetonka, a circus without a ring, but lots of clowns,

...lol.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Ahh, good one John. Biddum bum! LOL


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Minnetonka, thanks for reading and your kind comment...".biddum bum" to you too.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

s-i-g-h----


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

What's wrong Nellieanna?


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Funny but true.

Where does the truth stop and corruption corrode? I'm not sure, but definitely not far down the road...

Cleverely done Jodah. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That is a good question Anna. Ethics must be there up until a point when they find out it is just too difficult to buck the system and have to toe the party line. Thanks again for your kind comment.


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Isn't that sad that we elect corrupted people and we do it time after time!

I love your illustration with the explanation of "politics"... I think it's true!

I find important to vote so I try to always vote when there is an election. In Belgium, you have to vote otherwise you might get a fine or losing your job if you don't vote!

Another great hub, John!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading another of my hubs Jo, yes everything you say is true. It is so hard to change the habits and thinking of the majority. Here in Australia voting is also compulsory and you can be fined if you don't unless you have good reason. It would be good if people and parties could be elected on their moral stance rather than commercial economic reasons.


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mgeorge1050 2 years ago from West Georgia

Very funny. I have given up on voting as I feel the choice is always the lesser of two evils. You bring up a fine point, however, in that we really don't see a politician's true colors until after the election.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this hub mgeorge1050, I agree with you when you have a virtual two party system it is usually the lesser of two evils whoever gets in, unfortunately here in Australia voting is compulsory and you usually get fined for not voting. Glad you found the poem funny.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

:-) - yip - your poem reflects the negative that spawn me to write the hub you came to visit -- Write on!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Neil...same to you.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

This may be 9 months old but the message is as true now as it was then. "I'll say anything to get elected" hasn't changed and most likely won't.

Well done my friend.

Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mary. I doubt this message will change any time soon as you say. thanks for reading and voting up.


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whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Well done. I love the way they always put education first. then forget it after being elected. whonu


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Whonu, Yes, they are right to think voters care about their children's education, but after the election they always find reasons that they can't deliver and even end up making cuts. The same has happened here in Australia.


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Nice job putting this together, John. I enjoyed it. I'll share it on my facebook page for freelance writers.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for that Cam. It's much appreciate. I'll check out your page too.


Fire8storm 2 years ago

Spot on...loved this, so simple but oh so true!


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Mira Fang 2 years ago from Canada

This was just what I needed today. The local boycott of Sun Media (called by the indigenous people of my province) has been getting more and more petty by the day. Local politics have been stressing me out, so this read helped me put things back in prospective. Loved it!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Fire8storm. It is difficult to argue against this, unless you are a politician of course.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry to hear the Sun Media boycot is still ongoing Mira. Glad this helped put things in perspective for you.


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crazyhorsesghost 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

Here in the USA the Republicans and Democrats play the political spin game and keep everyone at everyone's throats. What I would like to see is a strong independent third party come in and throw all the Democrats and Republicans out of office. Replace them with candidates that are for America first. And to hell with the rest of the world. I would love to see a US that was free of the need for oil and truly independent of the rest of the world. America needs to be restored to where the American Dream once again exists but I don't know if it ever will. I think President Kennedy was killed because he wanted to stop Vietnam. Johnson gave them their war and the USA has never been the same. I think it all changed that November day in Dallas. I served as a US Naval Officer for 30 years. With what I know now I might have left and moved to Canada. The America I knew as a young man no longer exists. America is truly broken and someone needs to fix it. But I don't think our newly elected Republicans can do it or will do it and I feel the same way about the Democrats to. We need strict term limits. No lobbyists allowed in Washington DC. No career politicians. I consider most politicians both Democrats and Republicans to be traitors. They should all be thrown out of office.

Thanks for a really great Hub Page that makes someone think. Voted it up , shared and etc.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that interesting commentary on the U.S. political situation crazyhorseghost. I agree the world in general is much different than it was 30 or 40 years ago. It is a sad state of affairs. Thank you for your kind words and vote up and share.


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Aneegma 2 years ago

HAHAHAHA! I just died of laughing at this. But its so true. I can't stand politics and politicians in general as I believe they are reason the world's in a mess. Sorry have been away for a while but its good to come back to one of your many lovely poems. Hope you well and thanks for giving me a stomach ache from laughing!!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aneegma my dear friend, welcome back! I have missed you so. Glad this poem gave you a laugh, pity it's all true isn't it? I am well and hope all is good with you too.

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    John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.



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