ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Honesty in governement, does it exist?

Updated on May 30, 2014


Honesty in government these days is highly questionable to say the least. The current perception and perhaps the perception for years has been that politicians will say anything to get elected or get noticed by the media. It is sad to say that in many cases this is the reality of the political world as we know it.

The concept of having honesty exist in any government entity seems a remote possibility given much of the information now surfacing in the media. It is important to state that not all politicians fall in the practice of saying anything to get elected. In all organizations or entities such as the government there are going to be honest individuals who are there to represent those who elected them. The portrayal of these individuals by the media who support the opposite party will always try to discredit statements being made.

A statement made by any politician which turns out to be a lie generates a loss of confidence in the actions and statements of all politicians. In making our voting decisions this election year determining the honesty of those who are asking us for their vote must be part of the evaluation process. Determining the honesty of any politician is a difficult situation to say the least but sometimes statements made are proven to be true as statistics or information is reported by the media.

The current political culture in Congress has one party against another and sometimes individuals against each other. In this atmosphere there are statements made which are questionable as to whether they are honest and sometimes they are so outrageous that they are recognized as a lie. All of us hear statements in the news by our elected officials and we should question the content as to whether they are honest. In the heat of an election campaign we hear many statements made about opponents and each candidate tries to refute the statements of the other. One of the keys in deciding who to vote for is determining the honesty of the candidate and sometimes the type of campaign being levied.

This election year has seen so many outrageous statements being made as to try to affect the decisions of voters against one party or another. This involves the actions or inactions of political parties. The facts usually can be clearly substantiated in some cases when legislation is passed by one legislative house and no action is taken by the other. In some cases this is warranted while in others it is not. Some legislative proposals are so outrageous they are out of touch with the citizens and voters who elected them.

Our current economic situation needs to be resolved and it does not matter which party provides the solution. Statements made in some instances are an insult to the intelligence of the citizens of this country. In this respect they are obviously a lie. Labeling political organizations who disagree with the philosophy of one party as un-American in some cases is an insult to the freedoms we have under the Constitution.

With regards to the scandals which have been reported in the news clear answers to questions need to be provided with respect who knew what when and why actions were not taken to resolve issues which may have been known for years. The American public deserves answers and information requested or asked by elected officials deserves honest answers. The appearance to date does not suggest honest answers are being given. Ignoring the content of questions which deserve answers and saying we are looking into the situation and will take appropriate action. What is appropriate action? Appropriate action is making decisions to resolve issues which surface at the time they become known not years after officials are informed. Taking immediate action to resolve critical issues such as the veteran’s healthcare issues appears to one such example.

Elected officials need to be honest with the American public and if mistakes are made admit it and take action to correct them. Mistakes are sometimes made through legislation and instead of ignoring reality they need to be corrected. Granted it is not always known what the impact may be of some legislation but if the impact is a negative one all political officials both elected and appointed immediate actions need to be taken.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      SassySue1963 

      4 years ago

      I think there are still honest politicians out there, most likely at local levels though. They are most likely the exception rather than the rule as well.

      Remember though, in judging the honesty of politicians, what are you really talking about? They are elected to do what is best for their own constituents. You might think it dishonest for one from Indiana to endorse a bill that includes funds for his district or state, but in reality, that is what they are elected to do. We expect them to do what is best for the country as a whole, yes, but their job relies on how happy their own little section of the country is, not the nation.

      I think they strive to be honest and have integrity. I think it is difficult to live up to what those things mean to the general population. If one were to break it down, you might find (I have not done so nor searched for any such polls, so I don't know for certain) that those who are happy with what is occurring within their own part of the world would judge their respective politicians to be honest, even if you or I did not believe so.

      It's really way more complicated than I thought when I began commenting on this! :)

    • mio cid profile image

      mio cid 

      4 years ago from Uruguay

      If you analyze it you'll see that both the extreme right and extreme left make a political career out of bashing the government for their own gain,the rest are busy trying to make government better even with all the complexity of the good the bad and the ugly of it.

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment but I do believe there are honest individuals in government but not enough of them.

    • profile image

      mts1098 

      4 years ago

      Honesty cannot exist in government because no one governs the government

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      4 years ago

      Dutchman3

      Thanks for your quick comment. I have addressed non-elected officials in other articles I have written and I agree with you about the impact they have on our lives and society every day. Regulations are issued by non-elected officials

    • profile image

      Dutchman3 

      4 years ago

      Dennis,

      Yes, it is messy, but you can't name any government system that is better. And, I waited until the last sentence to finally get at one possible cause of some of the problems you listed. That is the huge number of appointed officials who are beholden to none of us citizens but only the appointer in chief. Why not take a hard look at the impact of non elected officials on our daily lives--if you haven't already?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)