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What if there was an honest candidate?

July 13, 2015

It is a sad commentary on the state of our government when “experts” start trying to divine which candidate “promises” are the most likely to be broken if they are nominated, or actually elected.

Take Hillary Clinton’s “I’ll be tough on Wall Street and rich people” pitch.

Given that rich people are the ones that put up the money to get candidates elected, and a lot of them are rich because of Wall Street, that one is a pretty good bet to be false. After all, Mrs. Clinton is one of the rich people.

If it wasn’t for Wall Street, the former First Lady might really be living on Main Street.

Then there is Jeb Bush’s claim to be a true conservative.  His sympathies may lie in that direction, but the former Florida governor, like his high-profile Democratic rival, seems to have little reservation about using big government to accomplish some pretty liberal goals.

Common Core may not have been written in Washington, but when Federal dollars are used to coerce school districts into staying in the program, it is certainly controlled by Washington.

At some point, probably after the first debate, the burgeoning Republican field is going to get a reality check.

Given that until then most average people will still be holding on to their donations until the field tightens, the voters standing on the middle ground will probably make some candidates’ decisions for them.

The little donors may not control the budgets of the candidates, but they do use their dollars to indicate a preference.

That’s not to say that a break-out candidate or an underdog couldn’t win the day. It happened in 2008.

Pundits who say that 2016 is not 1992 are right. With the advent of social media, the office of president has been under a microscope for the past six-and-a-half years.

Where before the only glimpses of a candidate’s history we got were what the media or the campaign managers wanted to give us, we can now go back and pull up video or print references on demand.

One can imagine rooms full of “fact-checkers” frantically reacting to every word spoken on the campaign trail.

Sure, most of us will tune it out as just so much more political hot air. We expect candidates and even office holders to lie to us. It’s what they do.

But given the very recent history, it’s a lot easier to catch them in a lie than it used to be and that could be a game-changer.

Who knows?  Maybe we are at a point in history when honesty actually will be the best policy.

From → op-ed

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