The Impurity of Politics


I was a political science major in college.  I always thought I would go into politics.  Watching the election process reminds me that I just don’t have skin thick enough to withstand the personal assaults.


My goal for this year is to live according to these three words:  Pure, Simple, and Transparent.


Pure – if you are in politics, how do you remain pure?  And if you somehow figure out how to do this on the personal level, you will be attacked for it for sure!  And when you are attacked, there is nothing harder than remaining pure in your response.  It is tough to never stoop to someone else’s level.  Politics demands that you fight fire with fire.  What our country needs is someone to rise above this.


Simple — as in the straightforward, blunt truth.  It seems like politics is all about “spin.”  You can’t be simple and have spin.  Plus, you would never be able to promote two different things that contradicted each other.  Like, for example, lower taxes and increased government spending.


Transparent – what you see is what you get, and oh, by the way, I am an open book so dig as much as you want and ask me any question you want.  Here is a wild idea.  What if a politician always told the truth?  They would have nothing to fear because they would have nothing to hide.  Much easier to be transparent when you’re not hiding anything.  And if you make a mistake, admit it. 


Besides personal attacks, a few other things that drive me crazy:


The media – can’t they just focus on the issues and the facts without giving their opinions?


Underground character assassination campaigns — I use to check out the top stories of the day.  Basically, it’s a news story ranking service where individual “diggers” make comments on different stories that come out on the Internet.  Anybody can be a digger.  The more digs, the higher the ranking.  This great tool has been hijacked by special interest groups who will post a character assassination article filled with lies and then email their lists to go and digg it.  This results in the top stories of the day by ranking being controlled by the special interest group.  Digg needs to figure out how to fix this or they will no longer be relevant.


Consistency – the way you answer questions, the way you vote, the issues and policies you are in favor of, should show consistency from speech to speech, day to day, and year to year.  If you change your position on something, why not write out an explanation as to why, post it, and move on? 


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4 Comments on “The Impurity of Politics”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Will there be a Zig Ziglar newsletter regarding the election like there was in 2004? I found that one very informative.

    Great comments Tom! I hope stuff like that doesn’t fall on deaf ears.

  2. Maria Says:

    It’s unfortunate that it WiLL fall on deaf ears. Politicians don’t care about truth or transparency. They care about power and how they can use it to line their pockets and benefit their friends who will someday return the favor.

    Politicians make me sick.

    Why is it that our Congress spends so much time and effort fighting and would rather criticize the other party’s platforms than admit that some of them might actually have merit and help the country?

    Ugh. Don’t get me started.

    Thanks for trying. But the people who NEED to read and hear this simply don’t care.

  3. Jane W Meade Says:

    I sit safely in the middle of the road politically and remain a member of a Third Party that is not currently active. What I know is that a 2 Party System breeds conflict. The need is for a Party that takes elements from both Parties and creates a better solution.

    In the past election I saw conflict stirred by the media and saw it’s effect on otherwise good people. It continues at an unnaturally nasty level. A basic lesson I taught my children was the wrong mindedness of putting others down to make yourself feel more important.

    Good Ideas will always rise up in popularity if people get their Ego’s out of the way and realize the wisdom of this Dale Carnegie statement: “There’s nobody as good as everybody put together”. My hope for our Political Process is that we could take the best Pure and Simple Solutions out there and put those Good Ideas together for the good of all….and yes Tom, in a Transparant Manner. Oops! I guess that means the Lobbying system might just have to dissipate. Or even better. go back to it’s simple roots of waiting in the Lobby* of a Congressman’s office to have a chance to state ones needs.

    Just some quick thoughts in response to your Saturday Morning Tweet! Thanks for the opportunity to input. Since I stay very quiet during most heated political discussions most people don’t know my position and at that time usually don’t have the ears to hear of a more solution oriented way to a Greater Good.

    Love (Yes…I did say Love….we all need more)

    *We have electronic methods for achieving this now.

  4. Chuck Sink Says:

    Lowering tax rates increases tax revenues because of the economic growth and increased number of taxpayers it stimulates. It works every time – Kennedy, Reagan, Bush 43. Clinton was somewhat moderate in his tax increases and he lowered certain taxes and the treasury did well. So, it is simple to cut taxes and increase revenue. The problem has ALWAYS been on the spending side. Now we’re increasing taxes like crazy at the state and federal level, revenues are down 20 – 30 percent. Our one year annual deficit has ballooned to a trillion + and spending is wildly out of control. Bottom line: The Democrats who now own power across America are handling fiscal policy completely wrong and we’re in some serious trouble unless we reverse it. 2010!

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