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Grass Is Green, Sky Is Blue, Politicians Lie & Voters Don't Factcheck

January 5, 2012

Piggies at the trough. 

You could put the name of any capital city in the world on the side of the trough and use the same story. Maybe there are some exceptions but for the most part, greed, (pigs at the trough), stupidity, ignorance along with plain old snake oil corruption, it is the same all over the world to varying degrees.

Of the least corrupt countries in the world, New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland are ranked highest and are regarded as the least corrupt nations in the world,  consistently ranking high in transparency according to Wikipedia’s Corruption Perception Index.   Seen as the most corrupt country in the world is Somalia, scoring 8–10 out of 100 since 2012. All countries around the world are evaluated on a 100-point scale based on the trust that international experts and business leaders have in public and government institutions in the rated countries.

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 finds the United States in 22nd place, with a score of 71. The USA is right behind France but ahead of the United Arab Emirates – just. Canada slid to its lowest level in at least a decade on the global index, driven down by the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. scandal. Canada was ranked 12th of 180 countries on Berlin-based Transparency International’s 2019 Index in an annual worldwide list from the least corrupt country to worst. Canada ranked ninth in 2018 and sixth in 2010. While Canada had the best score in the Americas – 77 out of 100 —, the country has slipped four points since last year and 12 points since 2010, the data shows.

So why do politicians lie? Why do voters elect politicians who they know are deceitful if not downright liars?  Britain recently elected scruffy Boris Johnson as the prime minister who unlawfully shut down parliament to escape democratic scrutiny and who told blatant falsehoods whenever it suited him. Johnson casually denied core elements of his Brexit deal, such as the need for customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland. He lied to the English people about prawn flavored potato chips (crisps) claiming the EU had banned them when the truth was, they had done no such thing.

In 2016, United States voters faced a choice between a presidential candidate whose campaign statements were accurate 75% of the time and another whose claims were false 70% of the time, according to many fact-checking outlets. Americans chose Donald Trump, who has made more than 30,000 false or misleading claims since assuming office. When I say misleading claims, they include lies, downright lies, and total fabrications and distortion of facts. According to Trump and his mouthpieces, truth as espoused by liberals and mainstream media is fake and their truths are true. 

So who do we have to blame? Us. The voters. What is it about humans that we listen to and believe politicians we know are lying to us? Is it because we as humans would rather be lied to than hear brutal truths? Or, do we just hear what we want to hear?

Since the age of civilization, therefore permanent settlements and the ensuing need for councils and leadership, there have been leaders who would do anything and say anything to grasp and retain power. One just has to look at history and the litany of despots, murderous leaders, dictators, and evil bastards who aspire to take control of other people to understand what a certain percentage of humans are about. Greed and control. 

Lets all vote intelligently. Let’s all make a difference by voting. And vote rationally. Please fact-check all the verbiage your local and federal politicians espouse. The world depends on your vote.

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Written by Michael Trigg

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  1. May I ask who the “many fact checking outlets” are for the following claim?:

    “In 2016, United States voters faced a choice between a presidential candidate whose campaign statements were accurate 75% of the time and another whose claims were false 70% of the time, according to many fact-checking outlets. Americans chose Donald Trump, who has made more than 30,000 false or misleading claims since assuming office”

    Because if there is no comparison information or a way to verify the voracity of said claim, then the numbers are only meant to distract an already distractible generation and are, in fact, hollow.

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