Thanks for the post Caballero, it's nice to see somebody looking at the morality of politics on a level somewhat deeper than "family values" (family values being the characteristic that a politician adopts when he is concerned that voters will be turned off by his lack of moral values).
Personally I feel that this phenomenon is a case of politicians doing the noble thing, but for ignoble reasons.
It hardly even needs to be said that when politicians are untrue to themselves, they are doing it to keep their jobs and expand their political power.
I don't have a lot of respect for that motive in most cases.
However I do feel that politicians have a moral duty to exercise the will of their constituents first and foremost and regard for their own views as
This is a republic and therefore it is true that the people entrust their representatives with a certain amount of latitude to build policy, but this
is also a democracy, and therefore the will of the people must also become policy. In any conflict of the two, I believe that democracy is of greater