“Politics have no relation to morals.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli
I try not to deal in these things.
I feel that a person’s right to be able to cast his or her vote without outside influences is sacred. I believe that an individual should educate his or her self and make an informed decision based on their own beliefs.
But I continue to hear people trying to find the candidate that is telling the truth. I hear candidates calling each other liars in every election from Congress to the local coroner’s office.
Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating with the coroner thing.
But people want to know which politician is telling the truth. Which one has the good intentions.
I recommend looking at the beginning of political science.
Niccolo Machiavelli is considered the father of political science. I don’t think it is a coincidence that he is also considered by many to be one of the most evil men to ever live.
He said it very simply.
Politics is crooked. It attracts the crooked.
This may not be true in a small town environment.
At least not all of the time.
But the power one has in front of them when it comes to national politics can corrupt anyone. I think it might get to me if I was in that situation.
All that to say this. You will most likely never get a candidate who is telling the whole truth.
Is that sad? Yes.
Should we hope to find one? Yes.
But for now, your only choice is to find the one that is crooked towards your direction. Towards what you believe in.
That’s all one can hope for in this day and time.
And I don’t care who that might be. It is your right to choose freely.
And think it through.
And pray it through, as well.