Expediency Redux

Remember that expediency is all about making decisions that are self-serving. And, in a sense, that’s what democracy is all about. We elect representatives to serve us, and we expect them to want the office that we elect them to. And, if they make decisions that we like, we reward them with election victories.

If they do NOT make decisions that we like, we get rid of them.

That means that politicians are going to be under pressure to act expediently, and we WANT them to. It’s a win-win situation. The politician wins and his/her constituents win.

Almost.

The problem is that there is no moral character to expediency. In fact, I maintain that the practice of expediency robs you of any moral character that you started out with.

It has become a cliche that politicians enter the political arena championing a cause. In their early years, they seek to right wrongs and lift up the down-trodden. And then, they come right up against their first compromise.

They hafta choose the lesser of two weevils.

They must choose between economic growth and benefits to the poor. Between that new weapons system and hot lunches for poor inner-city kids. Between what’s good for the country and what’s good for their voters.

So, they choose.

They’ll spend a few sleepless nights wrestling with their wounded conscience, but after a while their conscience doesn’t bother them so much. After enough compromise, a politician will even wind up betraying the very issue that got him into politics in the first place.

You lose your moral compass when expediency is your guide.

4 thoughts on “Expediency Redux

  1. Well, has Iran been punished for the nuclear ingredients smuggling yet? What’s taking them so freaking long? He’s prob made the big bang of the end of the world by now.

  2. Well, has Iran been punished for the nuclear ingredients smuggling yet? What’s taking them so freaking long? He’s prob made the big bang of the end of the world by now.

  3. Oh, I meant the UN or police or Scotland Yard or *somebody* when I say “them”. I’m going to have to check, but even after watching the news every evening, I still haven’t heard that the nuclear supplies to Iran have been totally stopped. Maybe Iran doesn’t need anymore.

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