Polls show voter approval of Congress taking a nose dive, but as long as voters keep electing representatives like Anthony Weiner, what hope is there for the future of America? Voters seem to ask two personal questions when they choose a candidate: “Are they intelligent?” and “Will they fight for me?” As for intelligence, it can just as well be used as an instrument for evil as it can for good. Governments fail not for lack of intelligence, but for lack of sound character. Equally, those “fighting” candidates often stoop to fighting dirty, which their constituents tend to overlook because, after all, they’re doing it for a “good cause”. (It takes one to know one.)
Many voters base their choices on their impressions of campaign rhetoric, rather than on factual information. Often, they are disappointed that once elected, their candidate turns out to be quite different than the person they thought they voted for. A revealing article about how Rep. Anthony Weiner’s political career began is at http://www.salon.com/news/new_york_city/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/06/07/anthony_weiner_1991. Bottom line, his character was flawed from the very beginning, and was there to be seen by all.
The public has the right to expect our elected officials to maintain a reasonable standard of moral behavior, not because they come from a higher class or demonstrate superior breeding, but because they hold a public trust. They owe their position and authority directly to the electorate. Politicians have a fiduciary responsibility to manage government in the best interests of the public. The people of a free republic have the right to expect their government to be honest and just. This imputes a noble calling to politics and requires sound character of those who answer the call. It also anticipates the voters’ responsibility to hold politicians to the standards of that calling.
The issues that confront our nation require the dedicated attention of our elected officials, who should be of sober and principled character. These issues are weighing down the ship of state to the point of sinking. Our government cannot continue to be sidetracked by their own moral turpitude. We need to elect moral, righteous and dignified persons to Congress who are up to the monumental tasks ahead of them. Here are just some of the issues they need to address:
The economy — After a trillion dollar bailout, where are all the promised jobs?
The military — Can we continue pumping billions of dollars into wars that are never won? Can we afford to be the world’s police?
Energy — Will foreign oil dictate prices and keep us energy dependent? Will we bow to the lie of man-made global warming?
Taxes — Is government the best solution for everything? Shouldn’t we all have the freedom of spending our own money as we see fit?
The deficit and debt — Do we cut spending or raise our borrowing limit? Are we on the brink of financial collapse?
Illegal aliens — Why isn’t the government protecting its own citizens by enforcing existing laws? Why should illegals have any benefits at all?
Obamacare — Why should illegals be given free medical care? Obama care isn’t even constitutional.
Internationalism — Should global authorities and international law trump our Constitution? What has the U.N. ever done for us?
Morality — Should government fund abortions and fetal stem cell research? Should same sex marriage be accepted?
Freedom of Religion — Why should a religion that teaches its adherents to kill the infidel be allowed to enjoy any freedom?
These and others are weighty concerns. They require members of Congress to rise to the occasion and to be principled in their statesmanship. Simply said, we should like to think that those in Congress know how to act. They should exude good judgement. They should possess maturity, wisdom and dignity. These qualities — all strengths of character — make up the foundation of a righteous representational government. As the character of those in government breaks down, that foundation is undermined, which is what we see happening in government today. But We The People have the duty to repair and restore that foundation by THROWING THE BUMS OUT. As long as voters continue to elect the kinds of representatives that currently make up congress, we will not only continue to be embarrassed and distracted by scandals like that of Mr. Weiner, but Congress will continue to fail in its obligation to address challenges that threaten every aspect of our lives.
Character matters. In its absence there is much clamoring and struggle for power. Those in charge end up being unfaithful ne’er-do-wells who don’t care who is harmed, as long as they get their own way. But in a Democracy, we have the power to get rid of that kind of leader. Next year we will again have an opportunity to replace those ne’er-do-wells with righteous leaders. Don’t fail to do your duty. Vote for character.
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” — Amos 5:24