Monday, August 15, 2016

Is political candor a vice?

I am half expecting a politician to come out and say that political candor is a vice, not a virtue, and that we should vote for him because while he is a liar, at least he is going to be honest about it.

Could such a candidate be elected?

8 comments:

oozzielionel said...

I think that's called a lawyer. Yes they are elected all the time.

Victor Reppert said...

No, I am talking about people who say that they won't be truthful, and you shouldn't expect them to be truthful. Someone who, when called a liar, says that that is a reason to vote for them, not against them.

When political candidates lie, they say they were telling the truth. This kind of candidate doesn't even pretend to be truthful.

Joe Hinman said...

Of course can't condone lying and we can't pretend lying s truth telling. But if we don't distinguish between 'spin and lie they are going get ourselves in trouble because none of us is so hyper-vigilant that we don't make spin.

Like when Hilary says "Trump doesn't make anything in America" does she really mean that? That is important, It's an expression and it could be legitimately just hyperbolic.

Factual errors are easy to make. saying 55 when it's 65 could be construed as a lie but easily just a mistake.

Ilíon said...

"Is political candor a vice?"

It's frequently a "gaffe"

jdhuey said...

The most common statement that a con man makes is "believe me." The second most common is "trust me." Don't do either.

Ilíon said...

^ Is the third some variation of "Let me make one thing perfectly clear"?

jdhuey said...

^ Is the third some variation of "Let me make one thing perfectly clear"?

Depends on your definition of "is".

B. Prokop said...

"You know it. I know it. The American people know it." (Said repeatedly in Bob Dole's stump speech, 1996)