If you start talking about politics, especially in today’s political society, you can get many different viewpoints and a lot of hot air. Still, there is a common theme: the government or at least one party cannot be trusted. Mistrust and politics seem to go hand in hand, but why?
There are several reasons people distrust their government and their politicians, but what isn’t discussed is how we can fix the cycle of distrust. This article attempts to do both!
- They Always Seem to Lie
How often has the government said one thing, and then a report or news leak came out that said the other? Since the days of FDR, this has gone on where the news media has started sniffing out the truth.
With so many instances where the government has been caught in some fib, no wonder there has been mistrust. To fix it, our government needs to start being more transparent with us.
- They Are Above Us
Another reason people distrust the government is that they are passing all of these laws and regulations, but they don’t have a ‘boots on the ground’ view of what is happening.
This disconnect from the people that they are trying to serve puts a damper on the trust people have in the government. We should have programs and systems in place where the voters feel heard and understood without waiting for the next election day.
- They Are Always In Scandals
From minor speaking accidents or political missteps to much larger scandals that cover the news headlines for weeks after the news has broken, politicians seem to be caught in a web of scandals and lies.
To fix the scandal problem, the solution has to be twofold. First, the media needs to stop putting everything a politician does under a microscope; sometimes, a mistake is a mistake. Our leaders need to be better and not get involved in these situations in the first place.
- Things Don’t Get Done
Only in the wake of massive crises can the two sides of the U.S. government stop posturing and start working together. But, unfortunately, that’s not okay because if the pressure isn’t on, our government can bicker until the end of time.
The culture of “I’m right, and you are wrong” needs to change to fix it. That’s going to take some doing.
- Politicians Fail To Connect With Our Values
Sometimes it seems less like the politicians we elect are trying to help us and more like they are trying to force their opinions on us. It’s frustrating when candidates cave to pressure and disengage on their promises. It just isn’t right.
If the people have elected a politician on a particular platform or promise, then see it, though, once you get in office!
- Politicians Only Care About Money
You always see various corporations and big businesses running to support or stand with a particular party. Unfortunately, most Americans who are struggling to make a living see politicians as fat cats who are only doing it for the money.
To stop this assumption, the amount of money big businesses can give to candidates should be limited by law.
- It’s Always Been This Way
People have distrusted the government since there was a government to begin within the U.S., and the cycle has gone on for quite a while. Unfortunately, it’s easier for most people to keep up the process than pressing politicians to make real change.
The actual difference will come from the awareness of the problems, and only then can we move towards solving them.