Authenticity in Politics

Why is it so hard to trust politicians? With the 2016 elections right around the corner, massive media coverage on each political candidate is usually at the top of many American publications. So we ask ourselves, who’s the best candidate? In an article written by Will Burns for Forbes, he points out the authenticity of two particular candidates: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Although they are two opposite ends of the political spectrum, Burns brings up a thought-provoking point claiming that these are the only two candidates that are being true to what they believe, and are being completely honest with how they would run the White House if they are elected. Of course there are people who don’t always agree with what they say, but the point is that they are authentic. While everyone else is playing violins and blending in, Sanders and Trump are plucking hard at a banjo and sticking out.

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A big issue for the other candidates brought up in this article is the lack of individuality. How many candidates write their own speeches? How many of them read from a teleprompter instead? How many of them post on their own social media sites? Or do they hire someone to do it for them and use the millions of dollars donated by Americans to create such ridiculous positions for their campaign? These politicians have gotten more caught up in the branding and advertising than what their mission actual is. Americans are confused because the images created by the politicians are phony. “Yet they seem to try their best to depersonalize themselves and become “brands.” They calculate, craft their image, hire experts and advisors to tell them how to think, what to wear, how to walk. They listen to polls not just to understand what people are thinking, but as a weapon to further arm their fabricated platform.” Isn’t it time to return to the truth? If people running the country can’t be authentic, how can we trust their words and actions to do what’s best for the American people?

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