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The way politics work today, it can be hard to tell who is being used by outside influences. At least if you vote for Pinocchio, you KNOW you’re getting a puppet.

It’s probably obvious by now, but I’m not a big fan of politics, specifically the people that star in the dog and pony show we call United States government: politicians. I’m sure there are a few decent folks in the celebrated halls of the Senate and the House, but the majority of people that get voted into office seem to be disingenuous at best. These are the sorts of people that consistently shout about equal rights for homosexuals being a problem and who then have secret gay sex. These are the people that talk about looking out for the poor and the disenfranchised while slashing public safety nets and giving tax cuts to the super wealthy.

There’s something about people that have to lie for a living that makes me decidedly uncomfortable. People may laugh and make jokes about lawyers, but it’s really the politicians that embody the very definition of deceit in MY mind. Between pandering to their audiences about how patriotic they are and making unrealistic promises, it’s hard to imagine that our leaders have time to tell the truth at all.

I suppose it isn’t really their fault, when it comes down to it. After all, most people prefer a comforting lie to an uncomfortable truth. Many people in this country ALLOW politicians to turn equal rights into a debate issue when they should be laughed out of office for even having the audacity to suggest something so ridiculous. Sure, it’s pretty scummy to lie and cheat and take kickbacks on shady backroom deals, but most people don’t bother voting them out of office.

It’s not as if there aren’t people running for office out there and promoting intelligent legislation, pushing for campaign finance reform, and generally being decent human beings. The problem is that they get drowned out of the conversation by media coverage of sex scandals and by audience participation in the circus that is US Politics. It’s a bit like the cartoons and sitcoms where the smart nerdy kid runs for class president offering smart choices on the budget and suggesting a reasonable amount of change only to be completely ignored in favor of the loudmouth that claims all vending machines in the school will be free to use if he’s elected.

How do you compete with that? It seems like most either join them or don’t bother getting involved in the first place.

While it’s true that the system isn’t completely broken, it sure as hell isn’t perfect.

It would be nice if we could have a government full of Pinocchios. With each lie, their noses would grow bit by bit, a visual indication of the subtle deceits they weave.

Alas! If only life were as simple as fairy tales and Disney movies!