[Note: This is an edited re-post of an earlier topic that I wanted to share again in light of it being election time. Also, my posts used to consist of a lot of carefully placed images, which I stopped doing because they disappear for no apparent reason.]
Are they all liars?
Maybe not, but the majority of the successful ones are.
But that's our fault. We only vote for liars.
Well, not our fault exactly, it's in our programming. I watched this documentary on TLC years ago where they proved that the best leaders are the best liars. They took a class of five-year-olds and gave them something terrible tasting to drink. Then they sent the kids one by one into a room with a couple of interviewers and instructed the kids to tell the interviewers that the drink tasted good.
The kids who could, after nearly choking on that terrible drink, look the interviewers in the eye and say it was great were the outgoing leaders of the classroom.
One girl broke down crying and couldn't lie at all. When they showed a video of free play in the Kindergarten classroom, she was the one hiding under a table.
But the fact that liars are outgoing people who tend to be leaders still doesn't completely explain why we vote for them.
George Bush the First was relentlessly ridiculed for the campaign promise of "Read my lips, no new taxes," because he then proceeded to raise taxes once he was elected.
But how would we react if someone said, "Look, I want to be the President of the United States, not the Wizard of Oz; if you folks want the government to do stuff, you're going to have to cough up some dough!"?
So our natural inclination to elect the people who are the best at telling us what we want to hear (while openly doing the exact opposite) has gotten us into quite a pickle. We're stuck with a president we don't want, in a war we don't want, and we've been stripped of basic rights that have been in place since the Magna Carta.
Well I have a solution, and you're not going to like it, but hear me out.
We need a president with no strings attached (you know, lobbyists, donors, etc.) right? Under our current system, that is absolutely impossible. So I propose that we draw the next president randomly out of a hat!
(Not an actual hat, of course, but you get my point.)
We take every American citizen who meets the requirements for age, health, IQ, and education, and we put their names in a giant swirling drum. Then we have a random, blind-folded six-year-old pull the names of our next President and VP!
At the end of their four-year term, we could vote to keep them for another four years or draw from the hat again.
The next thing we'd have to do is put term limits on high-level bureaucratic positions. These people can have their jobs for decades and no one even gets to vote on them.