It is unbelievable how rampant dishonesty is in the political world. The lies, the scandals, and the corruption are almost more prevalent than the good and the progress made in our country. One way that we can restore government accountability is to eliminate the dishonesty in politics. How can we do this? One of the best ways to do this is to elect honest politicians.
WHAT MAKES AN HONEST POLITICIAN?
An honest politician is someone who has integrity. Integrity, which is perhaps one of the most valuable character traits in politics, is defined as “staying true to one’s values and claims.” For example, one way a politician can demonstrate integrity is by sticking to campaign claims and promises. Too often, politicians claim or promise to make a certain change when they get into office and never end up doing it. This demonstrates dishonesty and unfaithfulness to what the politician had originally set out to do. Another way to demonstrate integrity is by not taking bribes. Oftentimes, politicians accept money from unscrupulous sources who seek to gain political leverage over their adversaries. This leads to corruption and the promotion of lawbreaking. However, bribery can also come in the form of accepting large amounts of money from special interest groups or corporations who are looking to sponsor a politician’s campaign. These large monetary contributions can often “buy out” a politician and cause him to affect change or give unfair advantage to that special interest group or corporation.
EXAMPLES OF AN HONEST POLITICIAN
Our nation would do well to elect someone like Senator Bernie Sanders. He demonstrates great integrity by not taking large contributions from corporations who are looking to control him like a puppet with their money. He is also up front with many issues and potentially image-marring topics, which shows that he believes that the truth is more important than keeping up appearances to win an election.