Does Character Matter Again?
With the investigation of another senior congressional leader, it reminded me of how poorly were served by our elected representatives. They stay in office too long and forget who they are supposed to be taking care of. It reminded me of what I wrote a while ago about a liar from Connecticut. It also reinforces how our media isn’t helping. The facts from this case should have been pounded into us the reading public starting a couple of years ago. Only now when they can’t hide it any longer is it becoming the big story it always has been.
This is an item I found on the internet this morning. “Quinnipiac University gave Blumenthal good news: Its latest poll found that a majority of residents believed he misspoke, not lied, when referring to service in Vietnam. He leads Republican Linda McMahon by 19 percentage points among military households and 25 points overall.”
How does “When I served in Vietnam” when he clearly didn’t, rise to the level of he misspoke? When I say “Just the other day as I was strolling on the moon, I saw one of the Lunar Modules that was left behind. I did not misspeak; I lied, in a deliberate attempt to make you believe something that isn’t true. I attempted to mislead you and make you look stupid. He lied in a deliberate attempt to look like something he’s not.
At the time when the news originally broke the liar refused to admit that he lied. The media was too touchy feely and afraid to say that he lied. Maybe they were too biased to call him a liar, because they used to have no trouble calling a former president a liar at every chance they got. The public, or that portion of the public who pays attention to the news, didn’t hear that he lied they listed to noise about some confusion in his public statements. Had they called a liar a liar the polls might be different.
If the question is asked “Would you trust a liar as your US Senator?” I think the answer would be no. But too many voters don’t pay close enough attention to what’s going on in the world. They’re more interested in “Dancing with the Stars”, “American Idol”, and who is doing who at work, than they are about who is running their government and misusing the public piggy bank. When they do pay attention, they hear what they want to hear; they don’t listen and evaluate what they hear.
When a liar says that he will not vote to raise taxes, and then that same liar is told to vote for a bill that will raise some taxes, the liar (who has already shown they have no integrity) follows the leader and takes care of someone other than the voter. Will the voter associate the raised taxes, or the failure of the senator to do what he promised with the lie he told during the campaign? Candidates who mislead tap dance and use long worded responses to yes and no questions, are being deceptive and can’t be trusted. Integrity and character are important in life and especially important in public service.
The voter is easily led and more easily fooled with a few smooth words. Liars are never held accountable for their lies. Voters will buy a pig with very little lipstick on it. Trying to sell a liar as the candidate for a major party for the US Senate should be an almost impossible task. But the voter will buy a pig even a pig with lipstick on it because that’s all the voter sees. We have to take tests and all kinds of training before they will allow us a license to drive a car. But to vote, you don’t have to pass any tests, just show up and identify yourself and pull a lever.
That’s the way it should be, too many people have fought and died for our right to vote, but to throw that vote away and vote for liars or people of little to no character is sinful. We should feel an obligation to vote for men and women who will rise to the level of public service. The elected official should feel an obligation to serve the voter. The public servant should not be looking for a large windfall for getting elected. How many elected officials end up significantly financially better off after public service? Am I too naïve? Is that the only reason they run for office? Probably, but they wouldn’t be able to if we didn’t vote for the more despicable of them.
We set the bar too low, and then we reward their lies and misrepresentations. They lie and mislead us and refuse to answer direct questions to try and avoid telling the lie. They should be forced to answer yes and no questions and then be accountable for their answers before we vote for them.
Voting is a privilege that we enjoy due to the sacrifice of men and women who fought for that privilege. Those men and women demonstrated their courage and devotion to duty and their willingness to risk their lives for the benefit of those left at home. They bought the privilege for us with their blood, courage and their sacrifice. We should never throw that privilege away. We should show the same sort of integrity as those who risked their lives for us to enjoy this privilege and pay attention to character when we vote. Liars lie, and can not be trusted. Candidates who misrepresent the facts or their intentions can’t be trusted and should not be voted for.
Vote the Bums Out,