B. The Idealist
The typical idealist’s reaction is to condemn this behaviour as morally unacceptable. The whole point of promises is that they must be kept: the promisor should feel an obligation to do so. ‘My word is my bond’.
People support those bidding for office on the basis of what they promise to do once elected. That support is obtained by deception if, once in power, there is no follow-through. There should be consequences of the failure to honour promises.
It should not be necessary for people to be constantly vigilant in case they are being misled as to the bidder’s intentions on matters of policy. There should be no question in their minds that the successful bidder will actually implement pledges made during the campaigning process.
These two ways of thinking cannot be reconciled. What should those in leadership roles take from this debate?