Do Words Matter? Do Promises Matter?

WordsMatterby Leigh Bravo   2/28/14
Do words matter? Do promises matter? Do you expect follow through and accountability when you have someone, anyone, make a promise to you? Does it matter if you voted in an election for a candidate based on the promises they made, yet neglected to fulfill? At what point should you expect or demand that promises be kept? At what point and in what situation can we make them accountable?

Let’s start by looking at the basic, legal definition and elements of a contract, promise or agreement.

1) The parties have a mutual understanding of what the contract covers? (“I promise if you vote for me”)

2) The contract involves an offer to another party, who accepts the offer. (Vote for me and I will fulfill the promise)

3) In order to be valid, the parties to a contract must exchange something of value. (Your vote)

4) In order to be enforceable, the action contemplated by the contract must be completed. (you voted, they are elected)

If the terms of the oral contract can be proved or are admitted by the other party, an oral contract is every bit as enforceable as one that is in writing.

So, should we be able to sue our government or a politically elected official or remove them from office, if they have made a promise to get your vote and then decided not to fulfill that promise after they have been elected?

How did we get to a point in our society that we no longer make our elected officials accountable for the promises they make? How do we make them accountable? Most Americans would respond that you make them accountable when you go to the voting booth in the next election. However, how much damage can an elected official do in the time they are in office before you have the opportunity to vote them out? Two years, four years, eight years? How many times will they defy the promises they made within that time? How do you get the public to remember each and every promise that was made and broken? How do we watch and listen to past promises and yet just shake our heads while we watch those promises continuously broken.

In this day and age of ever progressing technology, why do our Politicians continue to lie, when they know these promises are accessible to all via the internet? Do they really care about us, or are they only concerned about being elected? With our technology, do they have too much information available on our attitudes and preferences so they know the needed promises to make in order to get elected, all the while knowing they have no intention of fulfilling them?

Do they know we won’t act or we won’t care, or we are so inundated with information that we will forget the promises made? Do they know all the while, there is nothing we can do about it in a respectable amount of time to prevent them from doing exactly the opposite of what they promised? Where do you stand? How accountable can we make our elected officials? Can we change the laws to make them accountable to the American people? If they could be removed from office if they were found to have knowingly lied, would the promises become more sincere? I think we should make them accountable, after all if is supposed to be a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

On a side note, I spent my entire morning going through news papers, new clips, press conferences, campaign trails and video after video putting together an article on the many statements made by President Barack Obama from his days as a Senator of Illinois through his Presidency today. I amassed so much information, it was mind boggling. However, as I began my third page on conflicting statements and promises made, I came across a video that basically says it all. So, please watch and enjoy…

“Do Words Matter?”
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2 Responses to Do Words Matter? Do Promises Matter?

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Words don’t matter to the Left. Much like “radical” Islam, it is allowed to deceive the enemy in pursuit of their goals.

    In one of Rush Limbaugh’s books, he has a chapter titled “Words mean things.” It’s a great read. And we all know how crazy-making it is dealing with people for whom words don’t mean things.

    And at some point, America became very naive about politicians. After decades of Marxist propaganda, the default stance of many people is that government can be trusted and it’s those evil corporations that are the greatest threat (something you commonly find reflected in movies, for example). The exact opposite is the case. (And they both can become a menace when government and big business collude in what is called “corporatism” which is an element of dictionary-definition “fascism”.)

    So it seems that people have been propagandized by pro-statist forces to trust the state (and least the Leftist state) and the politicians by extension.

    Another factor is corruption. I tend to piss off conservatives when I say that many of them are limited government conservatives only on the weekend. Because on the weekdays it is “hands off my Social Security and Medicare.” That is, entitlements corrupt people and make them statist-friendly no matter how “conservative” people say they are. So once the state gets its hooks into them, people tend to vote for their own pork. As Mark Steyn quips, it turns the relationship between the citizen and the state to that of a junkie and a pusher.

    Another factor is something else that Steyn talks about, which is particularly prevalent in Europe but is a huge factor here as well. Not only are the major parties more or less the same, but even if you discount this factor, the politicians themselves make very little difference. It’s the bureaucracy that runs the joint, and the bureaucracy never comes up for election.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, politicians breaking promises is hardly new; it’s what we expect from them. In fact, one of the greatest difficulties in holding politicians accountable is the corrosive “they all do it” cynicism. People fail to realize that while most politicians will in fact “do it” if they can get away with it, punishing them will “encourage the others” to consider behaving honorably (at least somewhat), even if only to keep their position. But that requires an alert, informed public. Oh, well.

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