Honesty is the Best Policy...Mostly
Have you ever lied to impress somebody? Come on now, you know you have at least once. No matter how secure you are there has been a time in which you felt like an outsider and so, in order to make yourself fit in better, you claimed to know about something that in reality you were completely clueless about. Now maybe the topic was switched and you were saved from having to give more detail on the matter, or maybe you were not so lucky. The latter is where the people who use this practice a lot really shine; they come up with crafty ways of phrasing things that cleverly answer the question, but save from giving a whole lot of detail. The rest of us get a deer in the headlights look, and struggle to formulate a cohesive sentence. Enter congress woman Nancy Pelosi.
This past week Representative Nancy Pelosi was asked about March madness. Now, here she had a choice, she could honestly admit she did not know anything about the subject or she could get creative. Being a politician she chose the latter. It was clear that she did not know what she was talking about when she was asked which team she wanted to win, and she said that as a huge fan she wanted all of them to win. She then went on to talk about how she loves all the teams and wants all of them, particularly the players, to succeed. Now this is all good and well, and in the grand scheme of things it really does not matter, but for some reason it bothered me. Why would she feel the need to lie about something so trivial?
Maybe it is just the fact that we have come to expect such things from our politicians and she was sticking with the status quo, but it was college basketball. No one would have thought less of her for saying she honestly did not watch the sport. How can we expect her to tell us the truth about something important if she lies about something completely irrelevant to her job? Simply put, we cannot. Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I think the lies from politicians, on both sides, in order to impress people are getting a little old. There is no accountability no matter how serious the lie so they simply think that Americans actually buy what they are saying. For the most part we know they are lying but we deal with it because it is the expectation. We were all taught that honesty is the best policy but clearly our parents left out the part that says, unless you are trying to win a popularity contest in which case say what the people want to hear. Is that what we want from the people guiding the nation: a popularity contest? Personally, I think we should expect and demand more, but like I said maybe I am just reading too much into the situation. It is just a little white lie, right?
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