Integrity and Confidence
Recently a political candidate for a national office has been accused of acting improperly more than 10 years ago. The accusations are being made by individuals from the candidate’s past and they may or may not have made a formal complaint at the time. Some other accusations are based on anonymous sources of anonymous victims with no detail to the accusations.
Another important part of these less than detailed accusations is that they only cover a short time period in the candidate’s multi decade career. Was this candidate a very bad person but only for a short time in his professional life? Were these accusations, along with the vague accusers with questionable motives, blown out of proportion and not a sign of questionable character traits possessed by this political candidate?
The media who are not always as consistent with who they gnaw at and who they don’t, are convinced that these questionable accusations are due as much coverage as they are giving them. Far more substantial accusations against other candidates received less scrutiny probably because the candidate involved had a different political agenda.
The current candidate who is still campaigning and staying on message is not fazed by these accusations. The media does have an agenda, the opposition also has their own agenda, but the candidate who is facing the accusations has to act independently based on their own integrity and self confidence.
None of us can go through life without the possibility of someone from our past coming forward who could make vague accusations based in fact that we would not appear in the best light. Do a few unguarded moments in a life time of achievement; disqualify an individual from future achievements? Do the vague accusations of people who were small players in a candidate’s life possess the power with the help of the media nullify the sum total of a candidates lifetime?
The answer is no if the candidate has lived a life of honor and integrity. The candidate must also have a great deal of self confidence. The total of an individual’s life counts far more than a few misdeeds real or imagined from a person’s past. An individual is a bum or an achiever based on their life not on individual actions. The willingness to grab hold of a few misdeeds, that may or may not rise to the level of facts, and use those alleged misdeeds to redefine a candidate’s character is a weakness of a small mind. The media has suffered from small minds since Watergate, and political opponents will always suffer small mindedness when the possibility exists to deal a body blow to tan opponent.
The candidate must rely on their own self confidence to overcome these challenges. Successful individuals have achieves success because of their belief in themselves. They have overcome significant obstacles in the past and will again in the future. Success requires that you believe in yourself and your abilities.
None of us have to suffer the effects of small minded attacks from small minded opponents, and the media is frequently just that, an opponent, instead of the public watchdog they should be.
A life of integrity and honor is the best defense against attack. You can not go backward in time and relive your life to sprinkle in integrity and honor; it has to be natural and has to happen as we go. The situations we all face every day provide us all the opportunity to demonstrate our honor and integrity. We can’t produce it to impress you; we have to live it to satisfy ourselves. A candidate who lived that life can easily defend against petty accusations from small minded people.
As we watch this battle take place between the small minded media and a candidate who refuses to be attacked, we will see who can win, a life time of honor and integrity or the ability to shape public opinion with small minded ideas.
Honor, Integrity and self confidence, qualities all of our candidates should have, but don’t.