One of the most common questions people ask these days in regards to politics is:
“Why aren’t politicians honest with us?”
We want to trust what politicians say but do you actually know one that is completely honest? If we take a look at the top politicians, those that climb the ranks fast, like Cielo Gonzalez Villa, honesty is always a fundamental part of the campaign. However, if we look at a higher level, like presidents or heads of parties, it seems that honesty is not seen as being that important.
Fact-twisting is often seen in politics, especially in political campaigns. We can easily blame all these things on candidates. However, when looking at the bigger picture, the truth is much more complicated than what you might think. The truth is that what we want and what we do is what makes it incredibly hard for politicians to be completely honest. People always say they want honesty but in the event that honesty is offered, things change. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, most people simply want to see the candidates they love become winners. The outcome is simply much more valued than the actual process.
In politics, a huge paradox that we should all be aware of is:
“We want politicians to be completely honest but we always punish them if they tell us exactly what they believe.”
The judgment of the individual is colored because of perceptual bias. This is especially the case when judging people that we disagree with. Failure is seen as personal limitation reflection. Downplaying context is very common. It does not matter what the issue is or how difficult it is. If the politician tells us something that we just do not like, even if it is the honest truth, we judge him/her.
Politics is not at all easy and voters make it really hard for the politician to admit any error. The admission simply becomes criticism. So little credit is given for honesty. Whenever politicians are honest but they say something we do not like, supporters are enraged. The opponents gain ammunition that can be used. In the long run, things go bad really fast.
The true paradox here is we all want the candidates to be honest but think about what you do when this actually happens and they talk about a subject that is sensitive to us. A senior citizen does not want to hear about some rights they have being cut simply because the budget is lower than in the previous year. Single mothers do not want to hear about the fact that they will not receive extra money in the future because of the same reason, even if this is the correct move to turn the economy around.
To sum up, politicians are not honest because we do not allow them to be honest. We need to always be sure that we make things right and that we analyze why they say what they say. Sometimes, that honesty is actually a sign that the politician is interested in our well-being.