a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the ‘elite’ in society, and that the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and used for the benefit and advancement of the people as a whole.
“ Jesus spoke to the crowds that followed him. (He) spoke to prostitutes, tax collectors, Roman centurions, and sinners. These were the outcasts with whom Christ mingled… The Gospel champions the cause of justice for the poor and marginalized . The Gospel speaks for those who can’t.”
Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. […] It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.
It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy […].
It drew strength from […] the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.
An election promise is a promise made to the public by a politician who is trying to win an election. They have long been a central element of elections and remain so today . Election promises are also notable for often being broken once a politician is in office.
Elections promises are part of an election platform. (…) They are an essential element in getting people to vote for a candidate. For example, a promise such as to cut taxes or to introduce new social programs may appeal to voters.
There are strong pressures on politicians to make promises which they cannot keep.
A party that does not make exaggerated promises might appear bland, unambitious, and uninteresting to voters compared to the one that does.
Sometimes this can give the exaggerating party an advantage over the truthful one. Government finances are extremely complex and promises are vague enough that the media and public can rarely say for certain that the numbers do not add up. Thus almost all parties continue to promise lower taxes , more social programs , and a balanced budget .
… in sincere promises the speaker believes it is possible for him to do the act…
In political discourse, the speaker knows in the back of his mind that there may be external conditions that will prevent him/her from fulfilling the promise once they are in office. They are not sharing this information with the public.
In the last provincial election in Ontario, one of the promises made by the Liberal Party was that there would be no new taxes one they came to power. At the same time the Liberals knew that the extent of the deficit of the Tory government would prevent them from keeping this promise.
“ If military action is necessary, the United States and our allies will help the Iraqi people rebuild their economy, and create the institutions of liberty in a unified Iraq at peace with its neighbors.”
Are some people more likely to believe empty promises?
What makes people more tolerant of lies?
“ Assaulted person” syndrome : How is it possible that some intelligent persons have such low self-esteem that they keep getting involved in harmful relationships, abuse harmful substances and are unable to be successful in their careers and personal lives?