Political influences are luring and intoxicating. It’s addictive. So, no wonder why we are seeing the same people during the times of election. While there are many politicians that are true to their intent to serve the people, majority of them are still riding in the bandwagon of crooks and are benefiting in one way or another from the helpless prey.

There are dark sides of the politics that one must understand in order not to be swayed much by platforms and promises. I am not talking about particular community but rather writing about the macro-scale political pandemic.

The Manipulative Tactics of Politicians

Politics has always been a realm filled with strategic maneuvering and cunning tactics. However, in today’s society, the dark side of politics has become more pronounced than ever before. It is crucial for us, as responsible citizens, to shed light on these shadowy practices and work towards creating a more transparent and ethical political landscape.

One of the most concerning aspects of the dark side of politics is the manipulation employed by politicians. From deceptive campaign promises to misleading rhetoric, politicians often employ tactics that aim to sway public opinion rather than genuinely address the concerns of the people. This manipulation can lead to disillusionment among citizens, eroding trust in the political system.

The Influence of Money and Lobbying

Another aspect contributing to the dark underbelly of politics is the influence of money and lobbying. In today’s society, money holds immense power, and its influence on politics is undeniable. Wealthy individuals and corporations can pour substantial funds into campaigns, leading to a significant advantage for candidates who align with their interests.

Furthermore, lobbying has become a pervasive force in politics, with special interest groups exerting their influence to shape policy decisions. This disproportionate influence can lead to policies that do not prioritize the needs and well-being of the general public but rather serve the interests of those with financial clout.

The Erosion of Ethical Standards

Lastly, the dark side of politics is characterized by the erosion of ethical standards. Scandals involving corruption, bribery, and misuse of power have become all too common. These instances not only tarnish the reputation of individual politicians but also erode public trust in the political system as a whole.

It is essential for us to demand greater accountability and integrity from our political leaders. By promoting ethical behavior and holding politicians accountable for their actions, we can work towards a society where the dark side of politics is less prevalent.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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