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Gravitas

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!

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