During the 2016 election cycle, if there is one thing that has remained evident is that politicians will say anything, and I mean anything, to get elected.
The word to call this is pandering.
Now, of course, voters want to hear something that they feel strongly about and something that they like so they can take interest within that subject or politician, but that leads to the question “Is lying to voters to get them to like a certain politician truly morally acceptable, or should they just tell the truth about what their true motives are?” Now, there is a difference between pretending to like something of a certain area, like a sports team, for example, to pander to certain voters in the state or county that you are campaigning in, and actually saying certain policies and ideas that would appeal to a certain type of voter to get them to support the politician and his or her campaign Pandering is severely hurting American politics as we know it.
Within the terms of even promising certain legislation, this can be a danger as well, especially when these certain promises appeal to millennials’ futures. Such as Bernie Sanders pushing movements to allow free tuition and free health care, while also pushing for the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana.
Not only do these ideas seem to be far reaching, they seem to be impossible to follow through with as well. While all of these proposals may sound good in theory, they would not work, at least in Sanders’s first term as commander in chief. Obama’s healthcare plan took four years to get passed and, even that has taken its fair share of criticism (fairly so) and backlash.
Let alone making an entire healthcare system and education payment free, and only imagining how long it would take to be passed through congress and even taking the risk of it getting filibustered against.
While these types of positions are not criticized as heavily as much as conservative points are, they are just as detrimental to voters as falling for the often used tool of pandering by not fulfilling these promises that they had made while they were campaigning.
Just because a voter may “like” a candidate does not mean that candidate is perfect.
In this sense, every voter needs to evaluate their candidate as a whole and see if their positions are even possible, or if they are just blowing up ideas to get votes.