“When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned”
–Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
What is honor? According to Webster’s dictionary it is “a keen sense of right and wrong; adherence to action or principles considered right; integrity”. It is something good that we teach our children, a trait we praise in our military and our boy scouts, and something we look for in our leaders.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a shortage of honor in our government right now. Back-door deals, outright lies, lack of character and general corruption seems to be the acceptable fare of the day not only in Washington, but even in our own Iowan capitol. Americans feel forgotten and ignored by most of those we have entrusted with the reins of this great nation. Many politicians seem to have abandoned honor and integrity in favor of money and power. Those leaders that still cling to honor, are often outnumbered, outmaneuvered, out financed, overwhelmed ostracized, and generally weary of the fight. Should we really be that surprised that we do not have more good people running for office?
But we as Americans can change that. We know what honor, integrity, and true character really is. We need to start demanding that those we elect to leadership have the same qualities that we teach our children. And we must hold accountable those that turn their backs on those very things that made our nation great.
Our founding fathers did not light the fires of revolution for power, fame or money. Many lost their homes, their property, and even their lives. Most died penniless. And for what? For us to us stand by and allow corrupt leaders to change our nation into a shadowy copy of Europe? Into a nation that is not unlike the one from which our early founders fled?
My dear readers, it is time to take a stand. We must stand against those who bring no honor to the title they hold, and who ignore the will of the people. We must stand alongside those who truly do have honor and integrity. It is time for us to remember what those traits meant, what it meant to us as Americans and how it made us proud as a nation. We cannot allow weaker leaders to become a stain on this great shining city on a hill, this beacon of hope for those desiring freedom from those who wish to oppress.
We cannot and will not fail. Ordinary Americans, and not those we elect, are the ultimate answer to making this nation great again. We cannot allow fear to master us in a time of crisis, for if we do, we will find ourselves not only enslaved by it, but by those that lead us as well. Benjamin Franklin said that “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters “. I don’t know about you, but no one will be the master of me but God Himself.
It is high time that we take our proper place in government. It is time for us to demand a return to honor, and to accept nothing less. We can be silent no more. Time to get noisy, my dear patriots!
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It its wholly inadequate to the government of any other” – John Adams, 2nd President of the United States