Is being honest, correct and not open to corruption an asset or a roadblock to become a successful politician?
- BeachBumLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
It's a roadblock... not corruption though.
A successful politician knows how to balance the two... between dishonesty and corruption there is a fine line.
Only the naive would believe the great politicians were completely honest and forthcoming... that is laughable. A politician can not show his or her cards on the first hand... negotiation is a large part of their job. If they just showed all their motivations from the get-go, the USA would not be a superpower.
Think about it... you are in a meeting with x who wants you to support him for abc. But, you have talked with y who wants you to support def. Do you tell x right out about the other negotiation? No. A great politician handles this situation and makes deals resulting in the best for her constituents or the country.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It is an asset. Many politicians lie to gain votes, like George Bush, but just because they win an election, does not make them a successful politican. Although, the honest, correct, and not open to corruption type of politicians may not win an election, it still makes them successful and what they say may influence others running for an election in the future.
- ?Lv 61 decade ago
It's a roadblock. Whenever people can find a way to cheat and not get caught they typically will. And honesty is frequently only rewarded if people want to hear it. It's truly hard for a politician to be honest and succeed. A great deal of the problem is the fault of the voters who keep rewarding their untrustworthy and corrupt behavior.
- Molly PitcherLv 41 decade ago
It depends how you define success. If it means climbing to the top of the ladder, I don't think a person can make it there with those values intact - its a roadblock. If you measure success as being true to those you represent, fighting a good fight, making changes for the better even if you aren't the top name or top dog, then yes, it is very possible to do, and is an asset.
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- othaLv 44 years ago
Grizz----Scredawg-- I stand humble in front of you.. Outstanding Prep and research,.... You have some answers on that are very disturbing,, There is a long time standing term, that says ("there are none so Blind as he who will not see"). I look at the post by 4 on here that challange the validity of voting records, linked and evidenced based material. and they say this is supporting Hillary. If this is the type of voter that is clinging to Obama, Our Nation is in serious trouble. First time voters not connected to anything in life but confusion and fear, rallying behind a Con Artist, These kids and young people 18 to 24, have no purpose in life there already devout socialist at there age. They have no backbone,,No credability and No yearning to belong to mainstream society, They can't even tell you, why they are attached to this man. And there not going to change there opinion for its founded upon smoke, mirrors, and myth, What they don't understand, is that there numbers are so far smaller than people that pay the bills and make America work,, that there feeble attempt will be mute,,,, and all they have accomplished is give responsible people in this country a giant Heads UP,, About a lost, confused, angry youth movement that needs to be watched and put in check. Barack Obama needs to be taken to the floor of the Senate, to stand in front of the Senate and either dispute or be made to wear the collar that binds him to these issues you have listed here.. He needs to be sanctioned and removed from office.
- 1 decade ago
In the US political system if you are not open to corruption you will never get the financing you need to launch a successful nationwide campaign. Local elections maybe you can be honest correct and incorruptable, but on a national level it is impossible here.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
If you check, honesty, correctness and not open to corruption is only found in the anals of history and for those the are fighting for freedom not promises and weak statements of the rich as they become richer and the poor remain destitute. If honesty, correctness and not open to corruption were qualities that had to be in the traits of candidates, we would have empty ballots for election. No one running would qualify.
- kathleen OLv 61 decade ago
The problems with politicians is that they can't get elected without lots of money, and money corrupts.
- wisemancumthLv 51 decade ago
it's only a roadblock if your running for the Democratic party. It sure has helped the Clintons. Hasn't helped Bush or Ron Paul much.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Your question is simply an oxymoron and if anyone disagrees, give me just ONE example that proves this possible.