The Truth in Fiction

My fellow citizens, I stand here today to tell you that, if given a second term, I have very big plans for our nation’s future,” Obama said during a rally at Chicago’s Navy Pier. “Ambitious, forward-thinking plans I will have to drastically scale down based on opinion polls, budget considerations, and political roadblocks, but, you know, I’ll see what I can do. No promises, though.”

“More than likely I’ll have to placate political rivals until my bold agenda is a shell of what it once was.” Obama added. “And that’s what the ‘We’ll See’ campaign is all about. Now let us go boldly forth and compromise our ideals.

via Obama Launches More Realistic ‘I Have Big Ideas But We’ll See How It Goes’ Campaign Slogan | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

While the content of this article is fake, the sentiment it so hilariously presents is not!  Politicians make promises in an attempt to attract voters and I believe, have every intention of making good on those once elected.  After all, no politician wants to serve only one term!  But, once elected the reality of the political world often teaches these dreamers a hard lesson.  Getting things done in government isn’t easy and often comes with great compromise and sacrifice.

Like the fictional Obama in this piece, should politicians lessen the expectations of voters?  Instead of promising concrete results, should politicians simply promise to do the best they can and set voters up for the eventual reality that they may in fact get nothing done?  Why do we insist on being promised a lot only to be constantly disappointed?