The American West’s legacy was initially founded on a man’s word. When a cowboy or miner entered into an agreement, his word and a handshake were all that were needed to seal the contract and the West prospered.
In today’s political environment, words do not matter. When opening their mouths, politicians’ words can rarely be counted on, changing as frequently as the wind.
On Sunday’s This Week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell broke his word that Alabama’s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should get out of the race because McConnell believed the child-molestation charges against Moore were valid. He reversed his position during the broadcast by saying that the people of Alabama should make that decision.
President Trump, in another contradictory reversal, tweeted recently on the sexually explicit Access Hollywood tape. After publicly apologizing for those comments, he is now saying that the voice on the tape is not his.
President. Dwight D. Eisenhower said “the supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an Army or in an office”.
In the last several months, we have witnessed many businessmen and political leaders reneging on their word to their constituents, fellow legislators and the American people.
This disturbing trend of disregarding one’s word is driving more and more people not to trust our institutions of government, the very political process and the way we do business. Without a firm understanding of the significance of one’s word and its impact on one’s integrity, we will continue to erode the fabric of the values on which this nation was founded.
We need elected officials to adhere to their word and to develop the backbone to stand up to the principled values of their constituents and values of “unquestionably integrity” as Eisenhower so eloquently put forth.
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