We vote for the politicians whose lies resonate most closely with our own priorities and views.
But that's terrible! There is nothing wrong with voting for someone who shares your views. But if you know he (or she) lies, why would you vote for him? Is it actually a good thing that we have no choice but to vote for the least stink of the options?
And unfortunately many people vote based purely on the "what's in it for me" criterion, rather than thinking about how a candidate might improve conditions for others.
And here I just want a statesman. I want someone with the guts to stand up for what is good for the country. We have not had that for decades. I don't really care which party they come from, I would even vote for someone I did not agree with at this point. I just want someone who is not afraid to do what needs to be done - raise taxes, cut spending, stop government sponsored human rights abuses in the name of fighting terrorism to disguise an oil war...Americans are divided but I have no doubt that we could all come up with a list of 5-10 things that truly need to be addressed and a large proportion of us agree with. But we don't even get to have that dialog because the pols just want to lie and throw mud at each other.
It's not quite as bad as we're painting it here; some politicians at local and regional levels can be quite honest and transparent, but once the stakes get truly high (e.g., national politics), ideology takes over and truth-telling tends to fall by the wayside.
Perhaps. A friend of mine in his 60s told me that he went his entire life never contributing to a politician because he thought they were all corrupt. He finally found one who he though was truly honest. He did not agree entirely with his politics but he believed enough in his integrity to write a check. It turned out to be the guy from Louisiana who was caught with a freezer full of ill-gotten cash a few years back!