by The Dickinson Press
July 26, 2013 at 11:55 am in The Dickinson Press
By now, I’m sure most readers have heard about America’s latest political sex scandal involving embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Continue Reading
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Anthony Weiner could be any democrat. They’re all the same.
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Weiner and Clinton have a lot in common. They are both criminals that get away with their crimes.
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Weiner is no longer up in the polls.
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I am not sure if Mr. Horwath is being serious, but I will take the bait. Most people view integrity and honesty as relevant considerations in selecting political leaders. Upon resigning his seat as a Representative Mr. Weiner acknowledge that his behavior was wrong, acknowledged that his behavior was contrary to the promises he had made to his wife and he asserted that the behavior was an aberration that would not happen again. Despite his promises he engaged in the behavior again. It would not matter if his promise was to refrain from excessive alcohol consumption, to refrain from betting on dog fights (which is legal in some jurisdictions), to refrain from abuse of prescription drugs, if he had accepted campaign contributions from legal but undesirable sources or a variety of other legal activities that the average American would view as improper for a public leader. His broken promise to voters and to his spouse reflects on his integrity and his honesty, or alternatively reflects on his ability to control his own impulses. To most voters integrity and honesty do matter. He is either dishonest and had no intention to stop a behavior most voters find objectionable, or he has no self-control and is compelled to satisfy his on self-interests despite his promises. Either way, it is relevant. More to the point, there are other qualified candidates from the Democratic party (settle down Gomez, we all know you think there is no such thing as a qualified candidate from the Democratic party) that the voters don’t need to settle for someone with a lack of integrity and/or honesty.
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That depends on what your interpretation of the meaning of the word “qualified” is.
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Actually I’m not too enamored with the supposed integrity of many of the career politicians in Washington, republican or democrat.
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While it may be a sure sign of the Apocalypse I have to say I agree with Gomez’s statement about the integrity of career politicians. Having said that, I also agree with Joe. How could you not? Here’s the thing…just staying with the office of President, how many have lived up to Joe’s standards? Going back, the only one I can think of is Mr. Carter and it is acknowledged that he has been one of the (wrongly so) most ineffectual presidents ever.
Joe, who has fit the bill.
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5 dislikes but no answer to the question of an example of a fine upstanding politician on the national scale.
1 will do
I’ll give it a shot…Bernie Sanders
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Don, I am not a political junkie, so my list is limited. I would put President Carter on the list. Although my opinions with regard to economic issues were polar opposite, I’d also put Paul Wellstone on that list. With the exception of promising to serve only a single term he was pretty straightforward with telling you he was liberal, was going to vote to push a “progressive” agenda and then voting exactly as he promised. I’ll keep thinking . . . .
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Nice, well done.
Good choices….there HAS to be some Republicans…….Lincoln. After that…I’d say Eisenhower and Ford
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Don, I missed the Lincoln Administration by a couple of years; the Eisenhower administration too. While alive during the Ford administration, I don’t really know enough to comment. As for current Republicans, Rand Paul is certainly divisive and the left doesn’t care for his policies, but he seems much like Wellstone; Rand is clear in articulating his thoughts that the Federal Government is too large, taxes are too high and individuals should decide how their money is spent, and he proposes legislation to enact those ideas. His views are polarizing, but seem genuine and honest.
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