Liar Liar Pants On Fire

[ 0 ] March 30, 2015 |

politician promisesLiar, Liar pants on fire!  Have you ever wondered, why do Politicians lie?

Wouldn’t it be nice if they didn’t?

I know, I know, and we all want a pet unicorn that blows golden bubbles and gives us the winning numbers to the lottery.

The Huff had an interesting post back in 2012.  Although it talks about American politics, the observations that Dr. Jim Taylor happens to make, are just as relevant today in Canada.

As we are living through the Ontario occupation of Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals, one has to ask, how on earth did that bunch get elected?  Especially after the previous disaster that Dalton left for us.  After all the broken promises from the Dalton years, the apparent lies, the gas plants, and on it goes.

The number of people engaging in social media since this article was written has exploded.  A common complaint is that politicians are first class narcissists.  The Huff post makes a very clever observation and a few connections:

Many politicians are narcissists. Though research on politicians is limited, it isn’t difficult to see the connection. Narcissists are arrogant, self-important, see themselves as special, require excessive admiration, have a sense of entitlement, and are exploitative. If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a duck. This constellation of narcissistic attributes causes them to believe that they are right and, even if they are not, they’re too smart to be caught or suffer the consequences. In other words, they believe their own BS.

Sound like anyone in Canadian politics?  I’m sure there are names that come to mind.

Now couple that with the connection is that people don’t want to hear the truth.  Seriously.  As hard as it is to believe, human nature is such that they will gravitate to lies, simply because it is easy to regain the position of being in their comfort zone.

Truth, as the saying goes, hurts and no one wants to hear things that threaten their existence, their beliefs, or that will make them uncomfortable. It is decidedly better for politicians to tell people what makes them feel comfortable. 

The article poses an interesting dilemma to those of us who want to see truth back into politics.  How to combat the obsessive lying in politics. That is the Million dollar question, isn’t it.

Or I guess in Ontario, the Billion dollar question.


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