Yeah, my parents repeat that shit way too often even though my mother was anti-Reagan the slogan still stuck.
Never, ever, trust a politician.I feel like that's the path the lead to Trump. We have to be able to trust them, though not blindly. They are supposed to be our representatives, we are supposed to be able to trust them with the job. There are more honest ones out there, ones we can trust. But this blanket statement of "never trust a politician" is the same thing that many Trump supporters were rallying around. they voted for Trump because he wasn't a politician.
Maybe I'm being too sensitive, but I do think that there are politicians we can trust and we should be looking for more that we can trust.
Agreed. Before Reagan, the electorate generally trusted the government to do the right thing. Reagan ushered in a period of cynicism towards government and its ability to help, and that mentality has persisted ever since. It's done enormous damage already. You can see Trump et al trying to do the same to the media now too with stunts like this. And unfortunately, it might still work, as you can see by people's attitudes towards the "mainstream media" .
Like I mentioned in replying to Gloucester, I think we need to entrust them, even the bad ones, because we need to hold them responsible for their actions and not shrug off bad behavior like, "well, he is a politician, they all do that."
There is something of a difference between how your systems works and ours. The biggest difference is that we do not have an elected and representative upper house - just a bunch of people we hope are more experienced, wiser and less partisan than the lower house. And it includes clergy . . .
Our lower house votes mainly on the party line on important stuff, not really that representative except in minor stuff.
America looks more like an alliance of "states" in tge old histirocal sense, a federation of almost separate countries sharing a few common laws and services. A far stronger history of their politicians fighting for the local industries and jobs.
Here it is blanket policies, the political parties try to put together a package that seems attractive to all, but almost always hurts a large slice of the population, usually the lower classes and the disabled with the Tories. I have heard MPs telling terrible stories from the results of some policies, premature death and suicide - but it rarely makes much difference.
More and more contactors in the health and benefit areas are proving themselves incompetent and money wasters, but they keep giving them the contracts. That is the policy, no amount of local representation short of a general election will change it. And Labour are a failed party at the moment IMHO.
Pardon any typos I may have missed please.