Up Next: The Truth About Liars
It seems that lying, along with a capacity for backbiting, obfuscation, and double-dealing, are, in fact, to be considered actual job qualifications for winning elected office. There are some deep political thinkers who insist that lying and deception is a requirement for success. It is an ideal that Eddie Calvo and Ray Tenorio have extended to actual governance and their own ideals of leadership.
Calvo and Tenorio spent millions of dollars in 2010 to convince voters that they were men of honesty and trust. In a wildly desperately appeal for our votes, they were compelled to lie to island residents.
While there are three things most voters take as articles of faith - that the sky is blue; the pope is Catholic; and politicians are liars - politicians have seldom offered up lies so obvious that they are unable defend themselves against charges that they are liars.
However, having proven a successful strategy for them in 2010, Calvo and Tenorio have since continued to shamelessly lie to the people of Guam, with little effort to hide the fact that they are lying.
Voters who elect politicians that lie over those who tell the truth, then shouldn’t be surprised when the liars prove incapable of honest leadership and become a threat to their own liberties.
For a number of reasons, the people of Guam, should be very concerned about the bad choice made in 2010, mostly because lying inevitably undermines trust, including citizens’ trust in their leaders and in government generally.
We have further cause to worry about the increasing dishonesty of the Calvo/Tenorio administration, as their deceitful conduct ramps up by degrees ahead of next year’s critical elections.
In 2010, Calvo/Tenorio outlined a “blueprint” for 2020, promising to take Guam in a new direction. They promised to transform island politics and government. To that endy, they have worked diligently to fulfill that promise; just not the way they told people it would change.
Unfortunately, for voters, psuedo-transformational leadership are dangerous because they accompany their deceptions with the destructruction or elimination of the institutional protections and educative political culture of constitutional democracy.