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Mayor Admits, “Of Course I Lied to Get Elected. Voters Won’t Tolerate Truth.”

Written by Gary North on April 24, 2012

The mayor of Muncie, Indiana is amazingly forthright. She speaks for most politicians.

Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, McShurley looks back on four years of voter discontent and says, “We have ourselves to blame.” In 2008, she had confessed that her election was the result of a less-than-honest campaign: While promising to bring new jobs to the city, she didn’t tell voters that they would have to settle for far less pay and benefits in postindustrial Muncie. “They want $30-an-hour factory jobs, $15-an-hour benefits packages. No continuing education,” a dismissive McShurley told a reporter a few months into her term. “They want it just like their grandparents had it, just like some of their parents had it.”

Four years later, McShurley has little regret. “Why wasn’t I more honest with voters?” she asks. It’s a rhetorical question: “They didn’t want to hear it.” Voters may have lost faith in their leaders, but the leaders, too, have lost faith in the people. McShurley didn’t trust voters to accept the truth in 2007, so she danced around it. It’s no wonder that just 19 percent of the voting-eligible public cast ballots in last year’s mayoral race. And it’s a national problem: After a 50-year decline, just 14 percent of respondents in a 2011 Gallup Poll said that the federal government could be trusted “a great deal.” It’s a vicious cycle. Voters don’t like hard truths; so politicians spin us; so we don’t trust politicians; so politicians pander and lie to us.

In this, too, Muncie’s story is the story of America.

But this is not a new story. It’s just that voters today don’t care. They don’t vote.

Muncie is a microcosm of a nation whose motto could be, “In Nothing We Trust.” Seven in 10 Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track; eight in 10 are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed. Only 23 percent have confidence in banks, and just 19 percent have confidence in big business. Less than half the population expresses “a great deal” of confidence in the public-school system or organized religion. “We have lost our gods,” says Laura Hansen, an assistant professor of sociology at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. “We lost [faith] in the media: Remember Walter Cronkite? We lost it in our culture: You can’t point to a movie star who might inspire us, because we know too much about them. We lost it in politics, because we know too much about politicians’ lives. We’ve lost it—that basic sense of trust and confidence—in everything.”

This nation is ready for big changes. It will take a financial crisis to shake the foundations. We are going to get one.

Reform starts locally, not in Washington. Washington cannot be repaired.

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19 thoughts on “Mayor Admits, “Of Course I Lied to Get Elected. Voters Won’t Tolerate Truth.”

  1. sean murry says:

    Yep a bunch of liars in Washington.

  2. 2WarAbnVet says:

    McShurley wouldn't by chance be a Dem?

  3. And right now congress is investigating a ball player for lying to them?

  4. wolfscout says:

    spending millions, by the way, of which we don't have.

  5. She must be,had she been a REP. we would have known it in the first sentence.


  7. If those whom we should trust were not lying so much, we could/would trust them. But, YES, we do know more about them now, and know that they are lying to us daily! If they were to be honest towards us, we could trust them! And that is especially true regarding the national media. After reading the morning newspaper, I wondered why I do. I doubted every article with referances from Washington…NONE of it seemed to be truthful! When proof of our president's lies are so common place, how can anyone believe anything from our government agencies–that all report to this 'Liar in Chief'!!

  8. It's like a cat chasing its own tail – or "which came first, the chicken or the egg." Bottom line is, the pols lie to us because we lie to the pols because the pols lie to us. The main flaw in our Constitution is that our forefathers declared us a Republic (supreme power vested in political reps) rather than a Democracy (supreme power vested in the people). Now our forefathers' decision has come back to bite us. That's why we can't do anything about the status quo, including Obama and his goal of our annihilation.

  9. I dont think you understand the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. A republic is based on the rule of law and the individual is protected. A democracy is mob rule where the majority 51% can tell the other 49% what they can and can't do. You may want a democracy but that is what we have now and I want no part of it. I want a Republic which is the rule of laws to be followed.

  10. Just like what O is doing now. Give more money to elder health care and knowing that Medicare will only last a few more years unless something is done. Like telling the college students that he is trying to help them with their student debt and will give them more money. Well, when the money does not materialize, he will be long gone. What does he care. If anything I would think him and Michele would care a lot as they have 2 children and we are just passing all of our economic mess on future generations. I am a senior citizen and know I will have to make some sacrifices for my future generations but I am sick of making sacrifices so that a lot of lazy bums can just sit on their butts.

  11. Great explanation, Melissa!

  12. LIberal politicians have been vote-buying for decades, promising voters the moon, and even delivering it with OPM (other people's money),causing expectations to be raised so that many voters simply vote for the politician who will give them the "best deal", without thinking about the price tags. The government isn't supposed to feed us and pay for our Tylenols, it's supposed to take care of the big things we need to do for everyone, such as build roads that cross state lines, defend us from foreign invasion, etc. But politicians continue to buy votes to stay in power (and become rich, according to the statistics about Washington politicians). This mayor may be correct in her analysis of the situation and what it took for her to be elected (although, if you lie on your job application, you would be fired later if it was discovered), but the voters have been trained by politicians to expect pay-offs from elected officials, and even if the pay-offs aren't as generous as they hoped, they are still dependent on the government providing more and more in exchange for their vote.

  13. The Equalizer says:

    @Melissa.. Very well said! Thanks.

  14. harbinger says:

    Of course she's right about the voters, we have been kissed without love since 1913 and none of the voters seem to care. Baseball season mischievously ends, every four years, one week before election; and voters are more into which club wins the season than other more important things. Ask voters how many of them check the platforms of the presendential candidates, thoroughly, before or after the Season.

  15. Davidus Romanus says:

    The biggest lie ever told is that government is a force for good. There is nothing in the Constitution about government building roads. There is nothing about health care. Until the system is changed so that government does almost nothing, we will continue to speed toward the cliff and eventually go over it. That's when change will finally come.

  16. The woman really has not told us anything we didn't already know1 If a honest person runs for office and is lucky enough to be elected he/she has to become a lier and an out right crook in order to get anything done and stay in office! We need to put short time limits on all elected office and put at least 15 years between being in office and not allow anyone or their family to make a dime off anyone doing business with the government! The pay for all government elected jobs should be cut 25% and they should have to contribute to their health insurance and retirement while employed and after retirement! They should get no better deals on insurance and retirement than plain everyday citizens! Then and only then will we get really good government people who what to do good for the country and citizens!

  17. If the government does not build the roads then do we each build our own roads? That does not make much sense.
    And if you are saying we should not have medicare and medicade then I sure hope no one hears you!