Splitting the Vote – Politicians and Lying
The PPC: Shaking up Canadian Politics
As the saying attributed to both George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde goes: “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.” By contrast, Canada is one country separated by two different languages, and when it comes to federal elections, the vote is often split along those lines. Recently, federal political developments have created a new opportunity to exacerbate these differences.
Maxime Bernier addresses popular concerns that his new party will split the vote
Maxime Bernier took to social media this Sunday to dispel popular concerns that his new party will split the Conservative vote.
The Beauce, Quebec MP recently rocked the political scene across the country after announcing he was resigning from the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), citing a lack of “conservative principles” in the party and among the leadership.
Is the Conservative Party of Canada conservative enough?
Is the Conservative Party of Canada conservative enough for Canadian conservatives?
It sounds like a riddle. But that’s the question now facing Canadian conservatives, small-c or capital-C, as the party’s caucus and grassroots supporters gather in Halifax for a policy convention. The weekend’s events are intended to draft the policies the party will run on in next year’s election — to victory, it hopes. But the attention has been partially hijacked, clearly deliberately, by Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, who announced on Thursday that he’s quitting the party and may form his own new, purer right-wing alternative.
How Political Correctness And Identity Politics Are Destroying America
The Democratic Party and its media allies have created a monster. It goes by two names: political correctness and identity politics. Both involve what you can say and what you can believe. While Democrats won’t admit authoring the ever-expanding handbook of acceptable speech, they seem to be the only group left in America which feels free to express their views.
The Cato Institute released a national poll in October 2017 that found an astounding 71 percent of Americans believe political correctness is silencing discussions society needs to have, while 58 percent said they have political views they are afraid to share.
Why Do We Tolerate Lying Politicians Who Violate Their Oath Of Office?
To the rest of us peons, when we tell a lie, there are usually severe consequences. For instance, if we tell a lie to our spouse, we can expect a problem with our relationship, or even the end of it. If we lie under oath in a court of law, we can expect to be charged, fined, or also imprisoned.
But what about politicians who look right in our eyes and lie to us? Why in God’s name do we not punish them? Why are they allowed to get away with it?
Politics and Lies – Why Politicians Lie
Politicians lie because the public wants to be lied to
The reasons politicians lie is because the public doesn’t want to hear the truth. People want to hear what they want to hear. When two candidates are running and one of the tells the truth and the other says what the public wants to hear, the one who says what the public wants to hear wins the election. Thus, and there are exceptions to this, if you want to win an election, you better start lying, because the guy who’s telling you the truth doesn’t have a chance.
Politicians, lies and election legitimacy – it’s an old story
If you lose an election to an opponent because an interest group runs ads based on false information against you, is the election result legitimate?
The 2016 presidential election featured a Russian troll farm that used fake social media accounts to try to turn voters against Hillary Clinton in key swing states.
Politicians and experts from both sides of the partisan divide have argued over how many votes the Russian campaign changed, but there is little doubt it had some effect.
Some have even raised the question: If the election was decided by the influence of such lies, should the result be invalidated?Share on Facebook Tweet about this