Personal integrity is defined as fairness and straightforwardness of conduct and an adherence to the facts. Inclusive in this definition is the fact that one does not prevaricate or tell lies for those who do not wish to consult a dictionary. However, those who pursue politics as a career choice seem to have forgotten the value of personal integrity. I suppose that it could have started with former President Clinton and his “creative” accounts of his sexual misconduct while in office and the Democrats defending such lies told to a court and a Federal Grand Jury as those normally told by a married man to avoid his wife’s ire, but I think that it goes further back than that.
Regardless, it seems that personal integrity is something not even desired in a political candidate any longer. I mean, everybody lies right? So why bother with the truth when you would be far happier with a lie anyway. I mean, what is the big deal about lying your proverbial hind parts off? Then I return to reality and realize that it takes an inordinate amount of time to fact check politicians to discover their lies and this eats up valuable time spent trying to understand their policies. You see, if they have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to find the truth, you certainly cannot understand what they are trying to do in
Once upon a time, you could count on the news media to watchdog the workings of government for you, but no longer. Essentially, the evening news has become the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee. Examples include Dan Rather and the CBS Evening News reporting a story which they strongly suspected to be false regarding President George W. Bush’s National Guard service and reporting it anyway and then defending their reporting against all indications that their story was a lie. Newsweek met with Democrat leaders to discuss the best way to tear apart Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950’s and in the past couple years reporters have been making political donations to the Democrats in direct defiance of their employer’s policies prohibiting such donations are other examples. Examples of political prejudice in the news media are nearly endless and at long last the American people are beginning to recognize the fact that they have been played. Personally, I don’t believe a word of the news until I have verified it with three sources.
Recently, Michelle Obama refreshingly spoke the truth at a political rally. She said “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change.” Yes, many people took offence at what she said, but it was the truth. However, when her husbands spin doctors got to her she clarified her earlier statement and said “For the first time in my lifetime, I’m seeing people rolling up their sleeves in a way that I haven’t seen and really trying to figure this out — and that’s the source of pride that I was talking about” and then when asked if she had always been proud of her country, she replied “absolutely.” Allow me to translate, “I completely screwed the pooch when I told the truth earlier and I damaged my husband’s public image. So I am repairing it now with words put in my mouth by Barracks handlers.”
Today, the matters facing governments are increasingly complex and advances in science and technology make it even more so for the voter trying to figure out what the issues are, how they should be addressed, and who should implement the solutions. However, you cannot research political options to find a viable solution if you are constantly checking the record to find who lied about what and when. It is for this reason that personal integrity is so vitally important in those holding public office. Particularly given the fact that the news media has failed us in being the public watchdog and we must rely on ourselves if we are to learn the truth. As such, we have moved a step closer to losing the liberty we now take for granted. Do not let the liars in public office remove you from the political process or rob you of your freedoms. Hold their feet to the fire and demand personal integrity in your public servants.
Veritas numquam perit