22 Oct

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
         -Abraham Lincoln

Two politicians are about to debate when one looks at the other and says. “Everything you are about to say is going to be a lie!” I know, replies the second politician, But hear me out!”

Is there anyone out there who isn’t tired of politicians who refuse to answer questions honestly? Who even in the face of questions that we already know the answers to refuse to acknowledge those truths and instead change the subject or answer some other question that was never asked? Are we tired of moderators who won’t object when answers to the questions asked aren’t forthcoming? Or of audiences who won’t at least raise a vocal objection when politicians deliberately avoid answering questions simply and honestly. Why do we politely sit by when those who are running for important government offices (And aren’t they all important?) refuse to address us with candor and honesty? What else do we need to hear? Who are they to demand decorum from us? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? After all are they not the applicants for the job?

We must demand virtue and integrity and honesty and above all gravitas from our political aspirants!

We should shout them all down with a steady roar of Gravitas! Gravitas! Gravitas! Until our questions are answered and they behave with the seriousness of purpose and intent that all of our government offices deserve.

We live in a time and place and with the speed of technology that can easily fact check every speaker who opens his mouth in front of an audience. Why don’t we at least do that? Accompanying every moderator or audience who asks questions of a politician should be fact checkers wired to the internet who can immediately account for the truthfulness of any statement.

Instead we wait for the “debates” or meetings to end so we can listen to the ramblings and obfuscations of this network or that which have in reality already aligned with one candidate or another and have no more integrity or seriousness than a Saturday night sitcom.

Where is the Gravitas? Where is the seriousness of purpose? Are these not our fortunes, our lives and our sacred honor that we are placing in their hands?

“We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity.”

Theodore Roosevelt

…And I might add…he or she has no right to remain there!

15 Responses to “Gravitas”

  1. John October 22, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    It’s a cliche’ to say this but they are all liars. Most of them… America is in grave danger. November sixth is a critical date for our future. So much more I could say on this but… Good post!

  2. livvy1234 October 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I like what you stated about the networks confusing what we originally heard. I am fed up listening to the “rabbits” networks pull out of the hat 24/7 on all subject matter presented by the media.

    I am currently reading Gerald L Posner”

  3. livvy1234 October 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Having some trouble posting on your blog, let me continue here: I am studying the Nazi propoganda machine and some of the methods they used as I move through this election period. After reading Gerald L Posner’s book on Germany, I found this website:

    We are in big trouble if we continue allowing the news to do what it is doing.

  4. livvy1234 October 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    American Propaganda:

  5. lovelifelaundry October 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    American politicians, British politicians and I guess all politicians are the same. The world over newspapers and radio stations take sides even before anyone opens their lying little mouths.

  6. calaurore9 October 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Great post. Politicians are bad enough, but now the media is complicit, blatantly contriving issues to bolster one side or the other.

    Carol Colitti Levine

    • Janyaa October 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Yes! You wouldn’t happened to have watched the show Newsroom, gave you? It kind of tackles the issue you’re raising here.

      • gpicone October 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

        Yes, I did enjoy watching Newsroom. Sorkin’s The West Wing was one of my favorites also that tackled many of the same issues.

  7. elisabetvs04 October 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Dear America,

    We’re worried.

    Hugs & kisses,
    the rest of the world

    • SprinklinThoughts October 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Dear world,

      Some of us here in America are worried too. But we’re trying & not giving up…

      An American

  8. gpicone October 27, 2014 at 2:52 am #

    Reblogged this on ipledgeafallegiance.

  9. onnovocks October 27, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    The “Media” have failed us for decades, that’s why people like Rick Scott can become Governor of Florida, and the White House can submit a list of “pre-approved” questions that correspondents must choose from.

  10. RAB October 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Posting this link on my Facebook page. Well said.


  1. Gravitas | elroyjones - October 24, 2012

    […] Gravitas. A case for demanding integrity from politicians applying for positions in government stewardship. […]

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