Truth and facts are vital pieces of information that voters need to make informed decisions, but politicians will use every tactic in the book to subvert the truth and hide their true agendas from the public. In the modern age, politicians rely on their supporters via social media to spread misinformation and propaganda quickly
. They use datamining and analytics to research what voters want to hear.
And they use post-truth politics to distract voters from real issues by appealing instead to emotions during debates.
Most politicians have hidden agendas that they don't want voters to be privy to, because nine times out of ten, those hidden agendas would make voters think twice about who they cast their ballot for. In post-truth politics especially, they will focus only on things that people will react to emotionally instead of rationally, riding the high of their elevated emotions to distract them from the most crucial issues. They will mudsling, calling attention to every little flaw in their opponent, especially those of moral consequence which have little to no bearing on the real issues that the people face, such as in the case of Cal Cunningham's sexting scandal.
A person might have brilliant insight into current issues, and have a plan in mind to solve some of society's problems; but an attack on their personal lives prevents them from enacting a plan that could help thousands, if not more.
In some cases politicians hide vital information, like the spread of Covid occurring much sooner than originally reported,
presumably to sweep under the rug that they could have acted sooner on containing and studying the pandemic virus. Politicians would obviously not want this getting out, because it would sour voters from voting for them.
Democracies allow for these kinds of deceitful tactics to flourish during a dire time where truth and facts are more important than ever for a voter to have. How many crooks will we vote into our government because we do not have all of the facts? How many problems will society face, and how many people will suffer due to the hidden and often self-serving agendas of the privileged elite?