Saturday, August 09, 2008

Another politician who thinks he's above the truth...

It's easy to play Monday morning quarterback in politics. If only so-and-so would have just come out and told the truth at the beginning at least the people would recognize that yes, he's fallible, but at least he admits his mistakes and doesn't take his constituents for fools. We can reasonably assume that the elected official who is honest and admits his or her mistakes, is, for the most part, reliable and trustworthy. What we want are people who will use good judgment and not take for granted that because they are in office, they are above the law, above reproach or above accountability.

John Edwards vehemently denied having an affair with Rielle Hunter. When he was asked, he came right out, faced the American people, the press, his own staff and without any hesitation, denied it. Now the way I see it, what happened with he and Hunter is for them and his family to deal with, it's not my business.

What is my business, and yours too, is when an elected official is asked about wrongdoing and denies it and then later it comes out that person lied. And it isn't just that they lied once, they adamantly DENIED any wrongdoing over and over again. If said person will go through that much effort to lie, what's to stop them from doing it again only next time it's concerning something much more serious which affects our national security?

John Edwards was quoted in an AP article saying:

"In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up — feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself.”

Well, egocentric and narcissistic is nothing new when it comes to politicians. If this story had never come out he never would have admitted it. We've got to expect better than this of our leaders and not just at the level of President either, I'm talking all the way down to our city officials. While we understand that elected officials are merely human and will make mistakes, we also have the right to expect them to be honest and forthcoming about their mistakes. If only they understood that their constituents could be much more forgiving if they weren't taken for ignorant fools.

John Edwards has screwed himself (literally) out of any future shot at the Presidency, hell he'd be lucky to get a city council seat in his own hometown. He thought that he could lie over and over again and then apologize profusely when caught, blaming it on a big ego. What a f*cking schmuck.

In the meantime, we the people should be seeing the signs pretty damn clear by now, this is yet one more warning to us---about the candidates who are "too good to be true", you know, the ones who portray themselves as pillars of their community, with decent values and morals and all the time spouting the loudest about the need for change, when really all they're giving us is more of the same old shit.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8/10/2008

    Why shouldn't he think he could get away with it? After all, Bill Clinton did. Not to mention all the garbage Ted Kennedy has gotten away with.

    I do agree with your assessment.--ST