This ad for Gil Fulbright for Senate is very funny and poignant. I’ve been having my students write about how to achieve utopian aims for the final papers in my First Year Seminar course. One student mentioned making politicians more honest, and I immediately thought that that was unrealistic. But the truth is, we could have consequences for dishonesty. What if there were a rule that a politician who is shown to have misrepresented things becomes ineligible for reelection?
We can change things. The question is whether we want to badly enough to pursue the courses of action necessary to achieve it.