Some recent interviews by
various news services and papers indicate that the majority of
Americans believe that integrity is essential to leadership. On
one hand, I am amazed that such a truism had to be rediscovered. On the other hand, after eight years of debauchery on a
personal level in our nation's highest office and other high places, I
am not surprised that people have to restate that they do believe that
character still counts.
"righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any
people" is about 2900 years old, plus or minus whatever margin of
So, if as much as 65% of
Americans believe integrity, or righteousness, or character, is such a
great quality and so essential, then I am asking a few questions of
this 65%. And I would hope the other 35% would consider the issues here.
* Why don't you boycott trash
TV by turning off garbage programs?
* Why don't you write to your
favorite sports teams and tell them to cut the trash talk?
* Why don't you ask your
grocery store to remove objectionable material from the stands at the
checkout counter, where kids can see ... about all there is to see.
* Why don't you speak out
against some of the sex education programs at schools?
* Why don't you refuse to go to movies or let your kids go to movies that would have been banned from the screen not many years ago?
As long as the people "forgive" a disgraced presidency and administration for the sake of economic well-being (which actually is more of a product of the information revolution than of the present administration) then what kind of example are people setting?
if some people are grieved, but don't speak out where they can be
heard, what sort of integrity are they preaching from the home?
Has this present
administration corrupted America's thinking to the point that our
citizens are willing to sell their virtue in exchange for perceived
prosperity? Put any other
way, that would be called prostitution.
If I lied to you all the time
about my background, my accomplishments, my friends, my achievements,
my goals and my stand on issues, would you want me as a friend? I
wouldn't. Yet the current presidential race has as the Democratic
candidate a man who is notoriously and undeniably either a
pathological liar or a man without any compunction when it comes to
embellishing or distorting the truth.
Al Gore has promised a
prosperity he has no power to deliver. The economy is cyclical and it
is entirely possible that the great economic times of the 90's cannot
be duplicated into the 21st century without some reversals and
adjustments, perhaps major ones. But beyond that, he is and has been an active participant in
the most degraded administration this country has ever seen, one that
has been protected solely by America's prosperity that no one wants to
see disturbed over something like perjury.
I just have to wonder who comprises this 65% of Americans who believe that character and integrity are so essential? Do they vote?
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