gregs210 -'cause they're politicians; it doesn't matter who you vote for, they're all liars, particularly as you move up the scale of importance and prestige. The little person at the city council level, that's probably much less likely, but mayor/governor/legislature/president it's almost as though it's a contest to see who can tell the most believable lies.
The old joke is more truth than humor: How do you know when a politician is lying to you? When his/her lips are moving.
Not that I'm cynical or anything. [:)]
So your saying it is a lie to say things that you disagree with? No one could get elected!
Shane?? How did you get that from what I wrote? Merely because I disagree with someone doesn't make them a liar. Lying is a distortion of the truth, whether knowing or unknowing; in politics they call it "spin". A couple of recent examples. First, one that is pretty recent. When Bush said Iraq had WMDs, that was a lie. Now it's possible that he really believed there were WMDs, in which case it wasn't a volitional lie (because he was mistaken), but it's still a lie, because we didn't find any WMDs. (Yes, it's still possible they had WMDs and moved or hid them, but we haven't found them and we're not complete idiots, so...)
And then let's look at Bush's predecessor, who looked America in the eye and knowingly lied about Monica. Then the spin started, what "it" means, etc., but the plain and simple truth is he was lying: oral sex is sex. Period. (Of course what really cracked me up is that people were stunned that he lied. C'mon, we all knew he was a liar when he said he didn't inhale, but that's how stupid we've become as a society when the handlers and spin doctors cook up such absurdities, and then the professional liars feed them to us.)
Of course the lies in these examples had much different consequences, but that is not my point. The point is that politics breeds lies and liars, and neither of the major parties has a lock on that. And once you know someone is a liar, how do you then know when they're telling the truth?
And yes, I'm stretching it to say that all politicians lie. I realize there are a few out there -- somewhere -- who live their lives honestly and with as much integrity as most folks. But in my experience such individuals are exceedingly rare, and serve to prove the rule.
And how do they get elected? It's the guy who tells the most believable lies cooked up by the spin doctors.