I can't agree that lying, cheating and stealing are a part of the job. I know several of them and with two exceptions are very genuine people. I think the problem comes when we try to paint 535 people the same color. They aren't.
... so you know what evil lies in the hearts of men/women?
I don't ....... I'm just a guess.
I have met and known politicians over the years and universally I must say that they are a different breed of cat.
We could go on all day "splitting hairs" on what constitutes a lie, or cheating, or stealing and when we were done the only thing that we will have accomplished is wasting our time.... but what the hell.... I have some time to waste today.
"Twisting"... "spinning" and the like is simply lying in my book. Does any politician ever just come right out and tell the American people the "whole truth"? Ahhhhh .... probably not.
"Omitting" certain facts in my book is lying, but it seems so essential for politicians on all sides of the street these days that I will say that they all do it. In other words... they all lie!
Once "lying" gets ... by the various methods becomes accepted as a way of doing business then "cheating and stealing" find their way into their act by various methods as well.
I believe that if a politician was "infected" like in the movie "Liar, Liar" where they were compelled to always tell the truth for 24 hours then those who found their way in front of a tv camera would get tied to a stake and burned alive by thoise who simply can't fathom that any politician from their chosen party would have ever lied or withheld info from them.