Honesty is a very important quality in a politician, though a rare one. Same thing goes for journalists. The mainstream media has always been in the pockets of Democratic candidates and are more than happy to bend over backwards to protect their favored politicians from opponents. So, it’s pretty bad when a satire piece gets closer to reality than the media.

A new article for The Onion is on one side hilarious and the other, depressing, in the sense that it is more honest than actual journalists behave. It is a commentary meant to be read as if Hillary Clinton was the author. It’s titled, “If I Could Be Just Completely Honest For A Second, I Believe Exactly What You Believe.”

It’s a comedic take on a very real issue: Clinton is a chameleon and will say anything to get elected. Where she hasn’t flipped, she’s flopped and on a variety of issues, from the War in Iraq to same-sex marriage.

However, Clinton, with help from her lap dog media, never quite gets outed as clearly as she does by The Onion’s satirical writers. What if Clinton, or the media, was really this honest:

The best policies for our nation don’t always fit into a tidy sound bite, and a candidate’s words inevitably get distorted by the media frenzy that surrounds presidential races. So let me take a moment to set the record straight once and for all and be completely honest with you about where I stand on the issues: I strongly and firmly believe all the same things you believe.

Our next president needs to be someone who’s forthright, transparent, and unafraid to speak the truth. That’s why I think it’s important to use this opportunity to be as candid as possible about my most passionately held views. When I look at the most pressing domestic and international challenges facing America today, I continue to think, as I always have, exactly what you do.

These are my core convictions. My driving principles.

Sad but true.

You have to read the whole thing and have a good laugh, but there is a takeaway. Honesty is just the tip of the iceberg. Politicians aren’t supposed to make promises to do something for us or convince us that they will lead us into the future. They’re supposed to do the will of the people and be led by us. They need to stop trying to persuade us how to vote and listen and do what we ask of them. Politicians will never get us out of the mess they’ve created. That’s up to us as voters.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.