I had a political discussion with my dad this weekend, and it just reiterated my frustration with Hillary's candidacy. It's not that I don't think she's qualified, wouldn't like to have a woman president, or think she's personally execrable. It's just that when I try to talk about good governance in the last 30 years, Clinton is pretty much the only example I can give of a president who was looking out for the interests of average Americans and who was actually decent at politics. But it seems like I can't utter a single word of praise for Clinton without having to have the blowjob discussion.
And I'm so, so tired of having that discussion.
My biggest frustration, though, is with the "all politicians are the same" argument. What can I say to that? Politicians are people, and if you expect perfection, you will eventually be disappointed. But that kind of cynicism keeps good people out of government, and makes it easy to dismiss anyone who claims to actually want to help people. Flat out, it doesn't help.
So I believe what the candidates tell me. When Hillary says she wants to help average Americans, but it's hard, and she'll have to compromise, I believe her. When Edwards says he wants to protect us from corporations relentlessly pursuing profit, I believe him. I believe that Obama has plans to change the system. And when every Republican except McCain tells me that they want more torture and more secret prisons, I believe them. And when McCain says he thinks we could stay in Iraq for 100 years, I believe him. I believe Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to bring it more in line with Biblical principles because he told me so.
I believe them all, and let that guide my decisions, even when I know some of it probably isn't true, and that some of it can't be true (I'm sure some of what Romney says is true, but it can't all be). Because the lies that people tell reveal more about their character than the truth. After all, if you're telling the truth, you're constrained somewhat by what the truth actually is, but if you're lying, you've got carte blanche.