If this story does not encompass precisely what is wrong with politics in America then nothing does.
Meet Alison Grimes, the Democrat United States Senate candidate for the state of Kentucky who is looking to unseat Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell.
Unfortunately for her, she has consistently trailed in public polling. So, in order to boost her numbers, Grimes is publicly bucking her political party’s official stance of regulating coal-fired power plants out of existence.
At least that is what she is saying in her campaign speeches…
Behind the scenes, however, her staff paints an entirely different picture. One staffer was caught telling her supporters “she’s saying something positive about coal because she wants to be elected and in the state of Kentucky, if you are anti-coal, you will not get elected, period, end of conversation”.
But even more telling was the excuse proffered to supporters by a Warren County Democrat Party official who stated, “She has to say that. Politics is a game. You do what you have to do to get [elected].… It’s a lying game unfortunately. I really don’t think her heart is 100 percent in backing coal. But she has to say she is because she will not get a high number of votes in this state if she doesn’t. But she’s got to get in there first and she’s gonna say whatever she has to say or do. And that’s the way the political game is played.”
I hate to inform the Warren County Democrat Party but politics is NOT a game of who can tell the most elaborate lies to deceive the voter.
The art of politics is about expressing your points of view to the public and convincing a majority of people to elect (or hire) you as a civil servant based on those points of view. Once elected (or hired), the public fully expects you, as a civil servant, to act upon the points of view that you expressed during your campaign (or job interview). After all, that IS why you were hired, right?
I would also like to point out to my dear friends at the Warren County Democrat Party that “saying and doing anything to get elected” does far more to disenfranchise voters than any of the voter identification laws that they are constantly complaining about. Ironically, I have yet to hear anyone say that they do not vote because it requires them to show identification but I constantly hear, “They’re all a bunch of liars and crooks. That is why I do not vote anymore,” just by bringing up a politicized subject.
So what does this say about the organizations who find candidates to run on the Democrat ticket? That they are liars, that they can’t be trusted, that voting is pointless, or all of the above? And what does this say about us, the people, for tolerating continued party-line endorsements of candidates who feel that lying their way into office is in any way conducive to hiring the people who make laws that effect our everyday lives?