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    Default Politics: a respectable career?

    Why is it that going into Politics is assumed to be an unscrupulous choice?

    According to you, how could politics be made respectable once more?
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    I'd be a lot more inclined to respect political careers if politicians actually got shit done more often. It seems to me that nowadays politicians rely more on manipulation via subtle discrepancies in word choice to charge up their reputation than actually getting things done to please the people. They rarely do anything with the citizens at the top of their priority list, and that's a duty that's pretty inherent in the job description.

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    Define "actually get shit done".

    What people see politicians doing on TV is a VERY small part of what they do.
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    Politicians will be more respectable when the voters start demanding for a more respectable ones. We vote them in and we tend to vote them back in the second time even when they fuck up.

    This happens mainly because people are easily convinced by propaganda and don't do a honest research of the politicians they are voting for.

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    The problem being that accurate political information isn't available because everyone reporting the info has a party of their own and so does their boss and his boss.

    Until we realize that everything handed to us as political info has a slant, we won't be able to move beyond party politics.
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    All most people are doing right now is buying into a lie.

    The only question is whose lie that is.
    Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
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    I think pursuing politics is assumed to be an unscrupulous choice because too few morally conscientious people are ready and able to sack their principles in order to pursue pragmatic compromises--or just straight out lie in order to get elected. Also, politicians are endowed with power and prestige in order to enable them to serve others, but those virtues enable the unscrupulous politician to serve himself; thus, venal people are drawn to politics like flies are drawn to sh*t honey.

    Worse, politicians are appointed, condoned, and approved by the people they govern. The more corrupt a people, the more corrupt their politicians will need to be in order to remain in power.

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    were politicians strictly representing thier districts or being nice respectable statesmen that would be one thing...

    the concept that they can be bought and sold more easily than pineapples makes them seem as skuzzy as highly paid and more heartily clad prostitutes

    there's some good ones out there, but as long as politics are so heavily linked to money I doubt that a majority of the populace will consider them anything less than what we presently do
    “The phrase 'Someone ought to do something' was not, by itself, a helpful one. People who used it never added the rider 'and that someone is me'.” - Terry Pratchett

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    Politicians are nasty, but their nastiness is reflective of the nastiness of those they govern.

    Our rulers will only be as good as we force them to be.

    When we focus on moral high grounds and not good governance, you get what we have right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    were politicians strictly representing thier districts or being nice respectable statesmen that would be one thing...

    the concept that they can be bought and sold more easily than pineapples makes them seem as skuzzy as highly paid and more heartily clad prostitutes

    there's some good ones out there, but as long as politics are so heavily linked to money I doubt that a majority of the populace will consider them anything less than what we presently do
    What is first needed, is to defeat the twin dragons of big business and lobbying.

    It's always been about the money. The only way to stop the corruption is to separate the money from politics.
    Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
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