There is a funny joke that is timely for election season, and it goes something like this…
“It was election time and the politician decided to go out to the local reservation and try to get the Native American vote.
They were all assembled in the Council Hall to hear the speech.
The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited.
‘I promise better education opportunities for Native Americans!’ The crowd went wild, shouting ‘Hoya! Hoya!’.
The politician was a bit puzzled by the native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm. ‘I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!’ ‘Hoya! Hoya!’ cried the crowd, stomping their feet.
‘I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native Americans!’ The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting ‘Hoya! Hoya! Hoya!’
After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle. Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle.
‘Sure,’ the Chief said, ‘but be careful not to step in the hoya.'” 🙂
So when candidates get on their soapboxes and promises are being made on the left and on the right, you can only but wonder what is a promise that is sincere and will be kept and what is a promise that is for garnering votes and will be ignored.
When the mic is unknowingly on and you hear something you weren’t meant to hear, it is hard not to wonder about true intentions.
The New York Times calls these “moments of political candor,” while the Wall Street Journal (30 March 2012) calls it “moment[s] of political contempt.”
The Journal asks why we would not be told the truth about intentions with the implication that it is something that the candidates do not want us to know or that we would not approve of.
Who are these candidates really? Does anyone really know when words are but bargaining chips for winning elections, rather than true commitments of the heart.
It is scary, when the truth is obscured by empty words that change with the audience, and then votes end up based on false promises, vagaries, and disappointments.
When it comes to elections–Is the truth out there? Does it exist?
People deserve candor, sincerity, and to know where candidates really stand on the issues, so they can vote for what and whom they really believe in.
Democracy is built on more than rolling hills and valleys filled with hoya–the truth is it’s foundation.