Politics and self-promotion

Real name
William Berkson

In political contests, each side needs to push themselves for their good qualities, as well as their political policy proposals. Now it is impossible not to notice that a person who, in the view of a majority of the country, actually has bad character was elected anyway, praising himself to the skies. This raises the question of how much dishonest boasting eventually does a person in, as Hillel seems to claim, and how long it takes. This by no means excuses dishonest self-promotion, but it raises the question of the role of society in not rewarding it. What are your thoughts on this painful subject?   

Real name
Donald Koller

Donald Koller replied 9 months ago

In our American society, there is a significant percentage of voters that excuses this kind of self-promotion. They will continue to support such a reprehensible person as long as that person has the power to get them what they want -- e.g., jobs or reduced taxes or suppression of "the other." We all struggle with this situation.

I just read about a man who groped a woman on an airplane who was arrested and told the police that he thought that since Trump said it was OK he felt he could do this. Words do have consequences.