Tag: ethics

Today’s Title Is… Words Politicians Should Never Use

Today’s Title Is… Words Politicians Should Never Use

I’ll get right to it. Politicians seem to be an entirely different species. Most of us don’t believe much of what we hear from those running for office or already in office and that’s really too bad because I’m sure there are people in politics who really are sincere and honest in their dealings with constituents, the media, and anyone else that’s paying attention. I’d like to offer one suggestion that would improve at least my own image of politicians, and that would be to avoid using the following words and phrases.

When a politician says, “trust me”, that’s usually a sign that the listener or viewer is going to hear a dishonest statement next.

Beginning a thought with “honestly” means exactly the same thing.

I have a friend who often uses the word “folks” to describe people he thinks are nice. When I hear a politician say the word, it usually sounds like the person is trying to convince voters that he or she is just a regular person. That’d be ok, but I often hear it from those who don’t act like regular people.

“I don’t recall.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a politician say those words when asked a question that they don’t want to answer. That way, they can avoid be punished for whatever they did in the first place.

“I’m going to fight for …” is a phrase that I hear from every politician trying to get votes. It makes it sound like they’re on your side and they’ll stop at nothing to do whatever it takes to improve your life. Really?

“I’m an outsider.” I suppose anyone not in office already is an outsider, but since most voters don’t seem to trust those already in office, candidates want to appear as if they’re not part of the regular political process.

Any that you want to share?