How much faith is needed for citizens to have unrestricted confidence in their federal government? Whatever you think, that amount of faith seems to vary with age, ethnicity and political correctness.
Some older folks can remember a time when political leaders, especially presidents, had to pay the price for deceitfulness and arrogance. For example, Richard Nixon. Honesty and integrity had meaning, and citizens, together with the media, would not accept or tolerate nonsense.
Sadly, things have changed. Politicians now feel free to lie and cheat with impunity. Even government appointees flaunt arrogance as though it were a God-given privilege; and citizens do nothing while standing idly by, playing with their cellphones.
Why the easy acceptance? Our society has evolved into a conglomerate of misfit Neanderthals. We have too many self-serving individuals seeking short-term gratification. To be identified as a conservative, concerned for the long-term health of the nation, is viewed as outrageous. Meanwhile, liberalism is regarded as being the next best thing to godliness.
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Being elected to a federal government position should not be construed as an opportunity to become unbelievably rich or omnipotent. Somehow, the importance of serving the nation has to become a prime objective again or else the United States will become another Great Britain.
Change has to begin with the voters or else we will continue to see one disaster after another.
Clifton J. Jester