Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
When I was in the military, the object of the war game was to protect the flag
and to capture the enemies flag. What was the thinking in Benghazi. Is the same
behavior going to be the norm.
Poignant letter…In some areas our morals have evolved (e.g.,
race, equality) while in other areas they have eroded (e.g., too self-centered).
And there’s plenty of blame to go around – from bad public policy to
a corporate culture that focuses only on the bottom line.But I doubt
any of this will change (unless a large crisis forces the issue) until we elect
leaders who combine a strong moral compass with an unwavering dedication to
telling the truth about what is good for the country regardless of where that
truth falls on the political spectrum.My own view is those truths
will fall on both sides of the spectrum depending on the issue and how out of
balance we are on either side; yet in our hyper-partisan, true believers in
ideology current environment, it would seem to be impossible for leaders like
this to get elected.And yet virtually all out great historical
leaders transcended politics to some degree and spoke (and acted) in ways that
were inclusive and appealed to universal truths. Example – Lincoln
was despised by the partisans (on both sides) of his day.
The greatest fallacy dispensed by the so called moral leaders of our nation is
the one that tells us that there are such as moral leaders. No matter how many
times we seek to find a moral leader and fail, we still keep thinking we can.
Would we be better off if we just assume that all men are bad,
build protection against bad men and be surprised if we don’t need the
protection.Or would we be better off if we assume that men are good and
fail to build protection against the bad.
I had hoped when Mitt Romney became a presidential candidate he would usher in a
higher level of discourse and truth-telling and was extremely disappointed when
he simply turned out to be another slick polititian. I had the same hopes about
my own church's involvement in the Prop 8 campaign, but again was extremely
disappointed. I think you're right Ultra Bob.
We can't depend on DN to follow its guidelines either. A common ploy for
them is to not post a comment, send no notice that the comment was denied
thereby not offering a person the chance to alter it, then when the person tries
to alter and post the comment on their own they are unable to because the
"user is over comment limit" when, in fact they aren't.
Moral leadership? A Former President having sex in the oval office with an
intern and then pointing his finger at the nation and lying to us? What's
more remarkable is the vast majority of Americans didn't think it mattered
and still don't! Sadly, this proves America will not elect moral leaders
because most Americans are not moral themselves!
I agree. We definitely need moral leadership.John Swallow, Chad
Bennion, Howard Stephensen, Jason Chaffetz, and Orrin Hatch are anything but
moral or courageous leaders.
Jim...Thank you for taking the time to produce your comment.Please show DN readers an example of your similar public passionate plea
for moral leadership dated anytime between 2001 and 2008...Your
response could possibly lend credence to your premise.If you cannot
produce a similar letter addressing the complete lack of moral leadership
suffered by Americans from 2001 to 2008 your passion can simply be reduced to
just another example of the right-wing echo-chamber.
The Real Maverick seems to have his partisan heroes: Anthony Weiner, Bill
Clinton, Bob Filner and Elliot Spitzer as the face of Democrat moral and
@Hemlock – “The Real Maverick seems to have his partisan
heroes”That may be (I won’t speak for him) but how did
you get that from his comment? I find it strange how when someone
finds fault with one side that automatically makes them a champion of the
opposing side… how does that logic work exactly?My grandpa
used to say that all politicians were dishonest lackeys in the pocket of someone
(other than their constituents). Now we have a generation of folks who think
this is true about only half of them, and that fact can be discerned solely by
knowing if there is a D or an R next to their name.
To be perfectly honest, I could care less about moral leadership from political
leaders. I want competence and attention to the public trust. I expect leaders
with a solid grounding in economics, and I want them to tell us the truth,
explaining that sometimes debt is a good way to move forward. As for
professional athletes, I'm not much interested. Excelling at a sport is
8 years of Wars, Oil, Terrorists, Torture, Economic Destruction....and
NOTHING!Obama was handed a complete train-wreck, and has spent 1/2
that time trying to right a sinking ship, and Conservatives whine and cry about
getting sick people healthcare.
@ LDS. Even many Democrats and warning that Obamacare IS a train wreck. And what
has Obama done to stop war, terrorists and economic destruction? NOTHING except
run up the national debt by $6 trillion, kill jobs, get the DOMA overturned,
NSA,one scandal cover-up after another and whine about obstructionist.
If we are talking about morals--Can we please not blame a President
for failing to get legislation passed by a Congress whose leaders stated
"our main goal is to hurt Obama"?How are we moral if we elect men
and women who do that?President Obama is not perfect, but he
exhibits a moral character consistent with that of many or most churchgoing
Americans. You had the chance to defeat him and ran a poor candidate who gave an
impression of sliding moral scale, shifting positions, and disdain for the lower
and working classes.If the oaths of office state that Congresspeople
should support America, then the constituents need to tell them to pass jobs
bills, not vote 40 times to pretend to get rid of Obamacare, etc etc etc.The public cannot ask officials to be moral when it supports the immoral
acts of some of them.
Yes, get rid of the tea party and get back to reasonable people that represent
everyone like the President.
We need to stop with the one side is good and the other is bad! We all know that
blame lies on both sides and instead of getting radical and demanding that one
side have its way, we need to be more united in finding solutions that can help
us all. Republicans have done plenty in damaging our nation! they have not , so
far, been the heroes they think they are
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