Why do Politicians lie

Ronald Reagan respected the Oval office so much that he never removed his suit jacket.  Obama kicks back and puts his feet on the desk.
Ronald Reagan respected the Oval office so much that he never removed his suit jacket. Obama kicks back and puts his feet on the desk.

Why do politicians lie? Because they can! That is the best reason that I can come up with. I can't blame the politicians for lying. Politicians are doing what we allow them to do. After all, no one is going to reach the pinnacle of American political power without pushing the limits of success. These men are not playing it safe by pursuing the office of the President of the United States. They are pulling out every dirty trick imaginable in order to claw their way to the top. That includes lying, cheating, and stealing. These guys are not good people, they are dirty lying rats in pursuit of their political cheese.

This doesn't mean that we should allow politicians to lie, or even worse, excuse their lies when it is our political candidate of choice. I wrote a whole article about morality in politics, and I've come to the conclusion that politicians lie because we do not have the morals in this country to demand that politicians tell us the truth.

Yes it is a sad state of affairs in America. We have fallen to a level where listening to our political leaders tell us lies has become acceptable behavior. Some people allow the lies because they do not have the moral fortitude to demand more out of our political leaders. They say "I lie, so why can't politicians". While others allow it because -- let's face it--they do not have the proper discernment needed to differentiate truth from a lie. Whether you want to call those people brainwashed, gullible, stupid or uninformed, it is your call. I think that there is a good amount of all of the above in that portion of the population. The really sad part occurs when these people try to teach others about political affairs. It becomes comical at times, but usually it is more sad than comical. It doesn't matter how much good information some people are presented, they refuse to accept any information that does not mesh with their current political mindset.

There is no point in talking to some people

Some people are much more hopeful than I am about the condition of the country. They will tell you that we are at the peak of our steadily improving American history. They will say that we have overcome so many troubles in the past that it is inevitable that we will overcome all current and future crisis's. I am not as encouraged as the people that think this way. If we are going to improve upon our current condition we need to first identify our problems before we can correct our problems. Simply saying that America has overcome problems in the past, does not mean that we will continue to overcome anything.

The problems of our historic past were overcome by Americans that were morally superior to our current population. They were better equipped to deal with their problems than we are today. They understood sacrifice, family, and honor. Our current population tends toward entitlement and apathy. There is a difference between people that are individuals that want to stand on their own, and people that expect a safety net to hold them up. I don't recall seeing pictures of people camping out in parks demanding payment for their education during the great depression. I saw signs that read "painter hire me".

Our current population is a shell of our past. We are now a collection of people with different goals. Americans of old had a goal to succeed as a nation, take care of their families, and promote the American way of life. Now the goal of many people is to advance their personal group or political groups within our nation. We are currently divided to a point that I refuse to even discuss politics with some people.

After about two political sentences I can usually tell where someone stands. I wrote something about the Barbery Pirates and the first thought that came to one commenter's mind was slavery in America. I thought that my hub was a historical account, not a bash America piece, but not this guy. He put his hate America first mentality out there for all to see. He followed that up with an attack on Christianity of course. The two seem to go hand and hand. If that type of mentality is not division among the people, then I do not know what is. Am I supposed to call someone that thinks like this my fellow American just because we occupy the same piece of land? After all, that is about all that I have in common with someone like that.

That division is usually what allows the lies of politicians to survive. I can not and will not compromise with an immoral bunch of people that tolerate the lies of politicians in order to further their agenda. But I will continue to demand better from the people that I support. Since some people refuse to look to the Bible for its moral wisdom, I will share a Biblical fact that is found within the pages of the greatest book of all time. "...if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom can not stand". It is true that we have been divided before, but we were God fearing people during those times.

Now we are a divided people without a whole lot keeping us together. In fact, many of the people reading this hub already disagree with my viewpoints completely. That's fine, I know that you are out there, and I dismiss you and you can do the same to me. Just ask yourself how much longer will you tolerate the lies of politicians? We need to transform ourselves morally if we ever expect to transform our leaders to a level of moral excellence. Until we do that, just kick up your feet like President Obama, and wait for the lies to come out of the mouths of your leaders whenever they open their mouths.

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drdspervez 4 years ago from Pakistan

Sometimes a Politician lies and sometimes they do not,according to their requirement,a Politician changes his statement.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for your comment. Sometimes they lie with good intentions too. Conditions change.

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hoteltravel 4 years ago from Thailand

You are commenting on the present state of affairs as a witness to the happenings around you. You are comparing this with a past that you know through historical records. History has a way of glorifying the past by conveniently whitewashing its negative side and highlighting its positives. Politicians and lies go hand-in-hand; they are the two sides of the same coin. And, this is a common feature of politics and politicians worldwide. A couple of decades ahead, people would say the same thing - politicians are going to the dogs. All these doesn't mean that we bury or ignore the issue. Spreading awareness is a way of keeping politicians on a tight leash. Voted up.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for your comment hoteltravel. I think that it is going to be hard to top some of our current politicians when it comes to lying. For our futures sake, I hope that you are wrong, and the people a few decades from now say "Wow those politicians back then were a bunch of dogs".

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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

You know the old joke "How do you know a politician is lying?" When he opens his mouth.

I think there are some honest politicians out there, they are just hard to find because people don't squeak about honest ones just the liars. We always hear more bad news than good. Please don't ask me who is an honest one I haven't heard of any! But something tells me there has to be a few.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for your comment Kimberly. I am sure that there are some honest ones out there. The problem is that they don't last very long. We need to keep on shuffling the deck until all of these 20 and 30 year veterans of the house and senate are gone.

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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Your right of course, politicians are really just a reflection of the poeple who put them in power! There's a saying that says, "you can't con a good man". This has a lot of truth to it because con man often exploit character flaws in order to con someone. If you have good character it will be more difficult for you flaws to be exploited.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for the comment WBA. With the republicans pushing Romney into power it looks like both parties have severely lost their way.

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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

I actually agree with hoteltravel. If you think about it, with the information available on the internet and other sources, politicians are less likely to get away with lying now. Before we had quick access to this information, it was far easier to dupe people. Maybe there's hope after all.

It's up to us to hold our elected officials accountable. We start at the local level where they are members of our communities. My state senator called me yesterday to explain his position on a current issue. Does your state senator call you?

By getting involved with my local political party, this hick from the sticks has gained access to her elected officials because I helped get them elected. Pretty cool but I plan to hold them accountable and they know it.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

No my politicians do not call me. But they do come and knock on the door when they are begging for money and votes. Most of mine are democrats so they don't value my opinion anyway.

That is pretty cool though. Keep on beating them up for us.

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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota


Find out who your local candidates are and get to know them. If they're running for the right reasons they want to meet you and hear what you have to say.

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Excellent hub michiganman567, really enjoyed it.

Well, FYI: in the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, the thinkers of that day were known as "sophists" (the three aforementioned included), which were essentially the politicians of that day. Socrates revolted against them by saying "truth over sophism." Moral of story, politicians are the modern day "sophists"

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment John. I didn't know that fact. It is always nice to learn something new.

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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Excellent Hub. There are many out and out liars among them, I agree with you. But I also try to explain the "system of governance" to my students. And it is a system which I think promotes, almost requires two kinds of lying.

(1) Some pols say things they "truly" believe and want to accomplish, But reality sets in after they are in office; then every law, decision, regulation, and change becomes reality (if at all) through a long tortured process involving both parties and their supporters. What emerges often pleases no one and bears little resemblance to what the Senator or Governor, or President intended.

(2) We have an adversarial system that polarizes the two main parties. Although Rep and Dem are really pretty close together in the center of the political spectrum (Left/Communist to Right/Fascist) they gain office by trying to seem very different and by demonizing each other's policies and characters. The result is an extraordinary amount of lying, exaggeration, deception, and mean spirited-ness.

These are just my observations from a "system's perspective, it doesn't solve the problem of course. I tell my students -- do not listen to or read speeches. Do not listen to debates.

Read their record. What did they vote for? Who did they work with? Are they capable of constructive compromise?

I also think your point is very well taken, that we get the politicians we are willing to tolerate. Very sad. SHARING

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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

I agree with you a nation divided will not stand. Unfortunately and you also pointed this out, the people have given the government too much control because of causes. There was a time the church took care of the needy, feeding the hungry, healing the sick...now it is all in the hands of the government. March 16, Obama signed a bill that takes everything we have when the government decides and people don't want to believe this has happened. Voted up thank you for sharing.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for sharing and providing such a thought out comment. Although I disagree that Fascism is on an opposing end of the political spectrum. Extreme conservatism is no Government which would be anarchy. Fascism is extreme government control backed by industry. That isn't much different than communism in my book. Both brothers on the far left end of the spectrum. I am also aware that books teach otherwise, but sometimes I disagree with authors.

Actually a lot of times speeches do give a guideline of their ideas. I was wondering why George Bush did some of the big spending things that he did, Medicare part b, no child left behind. Then I looked at his campaign speeches and he said that he was going to do it. It is just that everyone thinks that it is campaign speech so we can ignore it. It is another product of our culture of lies. Even when they tell the truth, we overlook it and call it rhetoric.

I do agree that reading their record is a much better indicator than their words. Records don't lie.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@mljdgulley354 Thank you for the comments and the vote. We would need an awful lot of churches to take care of our needy these days. Obama is swelling their numbers.

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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Right on! Politicians lie because the people fall for it almost every time.

As pessimistic as this view is, "Our current population is a shell of our past," I have to agree. I am a permanent resident alien, but I would love to become an American. My only hangup is the Federal Government - it is unconstitutional and completely goes against the spirit of what America is. If it wasn't for that, I would not let the immorality of America stop me because she is worth fighting for. With the states under one government, the battle was lost long ago.

But my point is this: it may be a losing battle, but fighting for morality is still the right thing to do. If I ever become a citizen, I will always vote for the right man, not the best person who is most likely to win. And that is the problem with America, many more Americans than not are willing to compromise on everything - which in turn drags everyone else down to their level.

I realize we may not agree on the Fed. Gov. / Union States issue, but I do agree that we are too divided to stand together. Our common purpose is littered with racism, homosexual equality issues, being more green, joining hands with theological and philosophical enemies, saving energy at the expense of individual progress and on the conservative side, we are more concerned about defending viewpoints and values that are in direct opposition to the liberal viewpoints, to the point of stupidity: there is no pollution, everything is wonderful and there are no hungry downtrodden people in America, everyone lives in happy bedroom communities and so on. It seems like the majority of politically energized people seek controversy in every corner.

Stimulating and much needed article!

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment Alexander Mark. It is divide and conquer in the political world. I probably argue with more right wingers on the internet than left wingers. The right wingers call me a liberal Obama supporter. The left wingers call me a far right nut job. There are a lot of people on both sides that can not think for themselves. They walk the party lines.

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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I know exactly what you mean, most conservatives are pretty critical of my more liberal ideas to say it lightly - I wonder if there's room out there for people like you and me. I don't think I have to tell you: keep thinking michiganman.

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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

Simply because they have to in order to get elected :) Its our job to choose who among are the lesser evil

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Honest men can get elected. I would vote for one wouldn't you?

dallas21 4 years ago

I beleive we start anew. get rid of everyone in government and elect normal ordinary people - who do not have to be lawyers- people who have common sense who would run our country like our forfathers and stand by our constitiution-our country is in bad shape because our representative do not tell us the truth only what they think we want to hear- ordinary people hear me make Americica the great country it used to be- GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Getting rid of lawyers would be a great start. If we could get some politicians that write laws that we need instead of laws that are full of deceit it would be a nice change.

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