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Virtue Public And Private

June 9, 2011 by  

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous,” George Washington once said. Unfortunately, too many of the people we elect lack this essential.

Take the case of Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner got caught sending racy photographs of himself to women through social media. When caught, Weiner sought to weave a web of lies and place the blame on others as he tried to cover up his actions.

Any rational, thinking person who watched Weiner destruct over the next couple of days knew from the get-go that he was lying. And it certainly wasn’t a stretch to think that if Weiner had sent one racy photograph to one woman, he had sent some to others.

Weiner finally came clean and is now trying to save his political career. But we now know Weiner lacks the first essential in a man.

Weiner is just the latest in a long line of morally bankrupt politicians to be exposed — or expose himself. Such transgressions know no party affiliation. And they are a representation of the society in which we now live.

We are now a people who have rejected God: the basis for a good, moral character. We live in a world filled with selfish pleasure-seekers desiring instant gratification. It is a recipe for our destruction.

In a letter to Mercy Warren in 1776, John Adams wrote: “Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superiour to all private passions.”

We must elect people who demonstrate public virtue. To do so, we must first be virtuous ourselves. Only then can we recognize it when we see it.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • DanB

    For me, the problem isn’t that our reps lack morals. The problem is that we chose people without morals to be our reps. And sadly, after they’ve been shown to local morals, we reelect them year after year after year. Rarely do they go “straight” after being caught with deceptions caught in the open because they know they don’t have to. All they have to do is keep making us all the promises we want to hear and we’ll keep buying…. The problem is that Americans stopped looking for moral representatives. If we would stop our failures as voters, how many of our representatives would whip into shape? If they knew they would lose their cushy “jobs” for failure to be moral and tell the truth, don’t you think they would keep their morals intact and the truth pouring out of their mouths? They would be motivated to do so because their “deal” would end. But because we will reelect the scum, why should we be surprised that they end up acting like scum?

    • Patty

      The problem with people who want to “lead” is that they lack control in thier own lives and therefore seek that control by trying to control others lives. Kind of sums up our entire government body.

    • Cawmun Cents

      Character and integrity have been replaced by vanity and vice.It is not wrong to hold our leaders to a high standard,but with the condition the nation is in,I really dont believe we can cast stones.We need to have an awakening in our nation that conceives a rebirth.If we do not bring character and integrity beck to our private lives then how can we expect others(no matter the station in life)to be accountable for what they do?If something is tolerated and considered acceptable in the public eye,then we ought not hold our representatives to a higher moral standard.Deviancy is growing more acceptable in America.We havent guarded our exposure to deviant content or communicated reluctance to accept it.So how can you say that a congressperson should be held to a more stringent standard of moral content?We cannot delude ourselves by being hypocritical.That isnt the right standard to hold ourselves to either.-CC.

  • Polski

    Here in Washington state we have Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and Adam Smith. They might as well be ILLEGAL ALIENS, and yet they are supposed to represent us AMERICAN citizens. If you want to understand how the world works, just realize that every politician is a crook, every corporate CEO and executive is a crook. And there’s more, ask yourself, the Cancer industry makes $200 billion a year. Supposing that a cancer cure was found. Would the cancer industry allow it? Would the person who found the cure be allowed to live? Do you remember when you heard about the carburetor that would give 200 miles to a gallon of gas? Whatever happened to the inventor and the carburetor?

  • s c

    Without trying to seem like a penultimate pessimist, it boggles my mind to think that ANYONE can associate an elected politician with ethics, character, responsibility, a functional spine or anything else that defines a true LEADER. Time after time, generation after generation, ‘some’ people just can’t get it through their heads that only by denying elected types consecutive terms can we get close to a chance of improving the mental defectives who infest Washington.
    Americans can’t be that stupid. Ergo, those who vote a straight ticket, vote for political icons, believe everything they’re told or ‘it’s a tradition in the family’ are willing parts of the problem. It’s almost enough to demand that voters and elected officials alike be neutered. Sooner or later, the gene pool WILL be improved. A good time to start is with THIS administration.


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