Interrogating Presidential Candidates
A dishonest man who deals in half-truths and whose true plans and motivations aren't known is about to get his hands on nuclear weapons. I'm speaking, of course, of the scenario for every U.S. presidential election for the past several decades.
Why are we okay with politicians lying to us? Like with Obama's claim that his "you didn't build that" speech was actually pro-business and Romney's switch from the left to the right on many issues, we know they're not being honest with us, but all we do is shrug our shoulders. Lying is so expected that the politicians don't even try to hide it very well, because they know our reaction to being lied to will be to simply roll our eyes and say, "Oh, you rascally, untrustworthy politicians; here's the national checkbook and some nuclear launch codes."
This is insanity. We need to take a much more adversarial approach with our politicians. During presidential elections, there's always a poll about which candidate people would rather have a beer with, but I wouldn't drink with either of them out of fear that as soon as I turned my head, they'd put something in my drink. You've seen what these people do to our money; they're certainly not above giving us a roofie and doing weird stuff to us while we're unconscious. These people constantly try to trick us and are not our friends, and we need to treat them appropriately. Friends don't lie to you, boss you around, and then spend trillions of dollars they don't have and expect your kids to pay for their spending. Most enemies won’t even do that.
So how should we treat politicians? Well, let's think about this logically. If you had a terrorist in custody and knew he was lying to you, would you just throw up your hands and say, "That's just how terrorists are, God bless 'em!"? No, you would hand that terrorist over to the CIA, and, using techniques that a man who shot his friend in the face with a shotgun thought were legally justifiable, they would get the truth out of him. Well, presidential candidates will potentially have even more destructive power than any terrorist, and we also know they are lying to us. Thus we should be determined to get the truth from them by any means necessary.