How Do We View Our Candidates?
The interesting thing about politics today is that while politics used to be simply a matter of simply looking at the politician's party, and then looking at the party's policies and stances on subjects. It has evolved into a den of deceit and lies. While there are some who are looked on as good in the public's eye, but a reputation can change in the blink of an eye. This is seen through certain politicians being called out on something they hoped to remain hidden from cheating to the use of drugs and other paraphernalia. This is also seen in the discovery of sex scandals, and certain things which are swept under the rug. Now, in terms of changing this, the general public which you may be apart of, does contain power, but it is all about how it is conveyed. Now let's say in hypotheticals, that there is to someone elect into a political position, but there is a certain criteria that may not appeal to many people, if they were to protest about this, it is shown to the general public, but that runner-up will only be accounted on the number that is allowing him into office.
How do they hide the whole truth?
There are some creative ways in which candidates can hide certain truths. One of the lesser ways in which they will do this, is through covering the lie with a larger truth to counteract the lie. For example, if one was to say something controversial on TV, and they ended up later regretting it, they would usually throw something out which would be controversial at the time to most. This would have people focus on the new subject, and not think about what the candidate may have previously said. While it is quite useful for candidates, it doesn't always work, since some voters will pay more attention to what they say than most. One of the other things they will do is a more subtle way to cover it up, and that is through putting it in a mass report. What this means is that they'll have a policy that they know won't go over well with the general public, so they will want to put this policy in a mass report which would be a publication by them, and by having multiple other policies put in. Most of the explanations of the policies are usually not needed, but will be put in to cover the more controversial policy. They usually will put it in an unusually large article or report to hide it amongst the others. This is quite effective due to the fact that few will actually want to comb through the entire report due to the vast amount of policies one would have to go through.
What would we need to do?
While it is easier to simply always go for a certain policy, we need to further examine the candidates we see. The problem is that not everyone may have time for looking into candidates due to work, illness, age, or just not wanting to. One way this could be fixed is through having candidates to publish their policies that they wish to implement, as to prevent them from forming policies that they hide from the public. To make it somewhat simpler for them, they would also be given the chance to explain the need for these policies how they wish. This would allow for a way to lay out their policies instead of simply hiding them in secrecy. Another thing we need to understand about candidates is, is that this isn't just major position like presidency or congress, but in smaller positions such as mayors and such. While it is not technically illegal, we can still expose it. Now, the problem most will encounter with this is that once they are exposed, it is usually too late for many to do much about it. However, there is a way to do this. To succeed in having a good and solid leader, we don't need to have just the candidate to remain vigilant, but for us to remain vigilant as well. This can be done through the power of democracy, and showing just how the public opinion is, and how it isn't going to simply be swayed by a few persuasive in a quick 5-minute speech. We can all hope for change, but how many of us are willing to have it happen?
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