News Flash

Please be sure you're seated when you read this. I don't want anyone blaming me for heart attacks or injuries caused due to fainting or shock. Are you sitting down?


Here it goes.

A global survey just revealed that most people around the world do not trust politicians.

What? Are you kidding? Politicians are not trusted around the world? So glad to be informed...Ok, enough sarcasm. You know it's a slow news day when that makes news.

I believe that at the end of the day, regardless of
political party or geography, the same things matter:

1. Integrity vs. campaigning. Sadly, politicians make promises for the purpose of turning out the vote and not necessarily actually fulfilling those promises.

2. Transparency vs. 'relating' to people. They often talk and dress differently based on the people they're with at any given time.

3. Sincerity vs. manipulation. A politician can master the art of making people feel special, even while his/her heart and mind couldn't be further away.

4. Service vs. Selfish Ambition. Too often, politicians fall prey to the lust of fame and power.

5. Commitment vs. Pride. Sometimes elected officials forget that they were elected to represent their constituents, not override their will.

I really do wish this were a shocking survey. Unfortunately, it's very old news. That's why only 13% of the people trust their politicians. Well, that and because some of the best people for the job are driven off by the harsh, demanding and mud-slinging culture of the political arena.

I pray for the day that the tide has turned and that it is
only 13% who don't trust politicians because of the quality
of the character of the men and women in office.

As I watched the confirmation hearings this week, I feel like I saw two generations. The older, partisan, disgruntled members of the political machine and a fresh-faced, honest, family man whose only agenda is to do a good job in serving his nation.

Let's pray that God blesses this nation with men and women of competence as well as character and integrity.

Have a great weekend!


At 9/16/2005 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Lores, I hope you are right about a new generation of politicians with integrity coming up. Sadly, I see the problem getting worse before it gets better, because the language of politics is getting harsher and more divisive all the time - and we bloggers are partly to blame for that. I'm not sure that Roberts' (whom I have not yet passed judgment on) presence will contribute to positive change, because an unelected member of the Judicial Branch isn't usually held up as an example to follow in electoral politics.

At 9/16/2005 03:43:00 PM, Anonymous Clayton Bell said...

Good post, way to out-articulate me on the same topic. Get working on that book!

At 9/16/2005 06:01:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I was struck by the same thing, but you have articulated it much better. You are brilliant! I'm glad I discovered you.

At 9/16/2005 08:24:00 PM, Anonymous kelly said...

Great blog Lores! Wow, I could've saved them a lot of time and money on that survey.

I remember that Judge Roberts, during his confirmation hearing, said that 'judges are not politicians. They cannot make promises to rule a certain way in exchange for votes'. To be honest, I think one of the things that won me over to him was that he distanced himself from politicians. I do hope however that there will be more politicians with integrity in the future.

At 9/17/2005 01:47:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

Politicans are crooks that haven't been caught if you ask me.

It must take a certain level of arrogance to wake up one day and say, "Gee I want to be a Senator or President".

One of the scariest things I ever heard was Bill Clinton saying that since a little boy he wanted to be President. What kind of self-appointed freak believes he is capable of running the free world? I mean you have to be power hungry to say the least.

Sorry but as you can tell I am not found of politicans. And I am even more hard on the politicans that I vote for.

At 9/17/2005 05:49:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Sadly, I think I'm with the Jaymeister on this one.

This situation isn't going to clear up any time soon........And although I think Roberts will be a fine judge, I don't think the courts can clear up the political muck.
That said, this was an international poll, and as bad as we think it is here, the rest of the world is a much bigger mess than anything we have.

And lets not forget, Kerry was a few million votes away from being Prez in 04', and Gore was much closer than that in 00'.....Had either of these two clowns (or any fool they put up in 08') won we'd be much closer to the mess of the rest of the world.

At 9/17/2005 05:52:00 AM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Thanks for proving my point, Pero. :)

At 9/17/2005 05:57:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

in case you didn't notice from my previous posts, i'm a bit of an eternal optimist. while i realize it's bad and may get worse before it gets better, i believe it will get better.

in hope against hope, i will continue to believe and pray for good men and women to engage in and to restore dignity and trust to the office of public servants.

At 9/17/2005 06:14:00 AM, Blogger Mary said...

During the confirmation hearings, the contrast between the self-serving sell-out politicians and the honorable John Roberts was as striking as night and day.

It's so important to not lose heart and give up.

We the people choose our leaders. If you want change, you have to work to make it happen.

At 9/18/2005 12:15:00 AM, Anonymous GJ said...

I agree with your point about politicians but one has to ask: Is it the politicians themselves or the system that makes them this way? I cannot speak for the rest of the world but the way that our political system was built encourages this type of behavior. The only way for politicians to get re-elected is to do something for the people that they are representing (whether it is on a national or more local level), and the only way to get what you want in politics is to compromise. How does Congress pass bills? The majority of the Congress has to approve of the bill. So every politician has to convince the majority that their bill is in the best interests of the majority. And how do you do that? You include a little something for everyone and suddenly a politician who did not support a bill previously, comes out in support of the bill because the bill throws in some extra pork that will give his district some much needed money.
Also I have a question for you Lores. You said in your post that officials are elected to represent their constituents and not override their will. What happens when the politician's constituents support an issue that you, as an elected official, believe is morally wrong? For example (the most obvious), what if the politician’s state is overwhelmingly pro-choice but morally the politician believes that abortion is murder? Do the will of the people still rule while innocent children are being murdered? Or we could use a historical example. What if the politician believed that African-Americans were equal, but his/her constituents did not? Do the will of the people still rule while a race is subjugated? What does a politician do then?


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