One of my best friends in the whole world is a recovering addict. He has taught me so much about addiction and life in general. In most cases, to the addict, he loves his addiction more than anything else including himself. Therefore, the addict is willing to do whatever it takes to get more of whatever their drug of choice happens to be. They will tell you anything you want to hear, lie straight to your face, promise they “get it now” and are quitting for sure this time. They look you in the eye and say, “Just trust me.” What my friend taught me is never believe a word an addict says. Most of them become very convincing, very manipulative and very able to do whatever it takes to get their drug of choice. My friend said, the only thing you believe from an addict is WHAT THEY DO! You believe they are serious when they check themselves into a treatment facility and have a clear course of action to get help. It is tough, because everything in you hopes and wants them to change so it is easy to believe when they say there is real change coming this time. But ultimately, there is only one thing that matters, WHAT THEY DO! What they say is meaningless.
So it is with a politician seeking a public office. It seems the office is their drug of choice and they will say whatever they have to say in order to con the public into voting for them. Politicians are exactly like addicts, you cannot believe anything they say you must look at WHAT THEY DO! Don’t be fooled by grandiose speeches throwing all kinds of numbers around about everything they have accomplished. Do some research, see what they are really doing. Look at what they push for, look at what they vote against.
America needs elected officials who are not simply people with charisma and the ability to lie without blinking. We need people who will actually do something to fix this mess we are in.
America, we need to wake up and stop enabling people to get into office simply because they tell us what we want to hear. We are selling ourselves down the river because we are too lazy to do some fact checking. It is time we send some politicians to recovery!