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May 16, 2012 7:29 AM Age: 8 yrs

Dogma and Deceit

Category: Larry Checco
Source:  Larry Checco

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The biggest deficit our nation faces isn’t financial; it’s one of trust—especially in our politicians and politics.

Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock’s recent Indiana primary victory over the more moderate Republican Senator Richard Lugar, and the ongoing trial of erstwhile presidential hopeful John Edwards only serve to underscore that fact.

Although they represent different ends of the trust spectrum, they are the current banners for dogma and deceit, and much that’s wrong with our political system.

In Mourdock’s case it’s dogma.

Any politician or political party that uses the word “never,” as in never raise taxes or never accept anyone else’s views when considering a particular political issue has essentially abdicated his or her ability to govern. 

Politics is the art of compromise.  Mr. Mourdock and his ilk are ideologues pushing personal agendas.  Unlike the Founding Fathers, who made compromises galore to bring this nation together, many in our current crop of politicians are doing just the opposite by digging in their heels and dividing us as a nation.  

According to Mourdock, “the highlight of politics is to inflict my opinion on someone else.”  Quite frankly, it’s hard to trust someone to act on behalf of the common good when their self-righteousness runs to such depths.

John Edwards’ untrustworthiness may be more blatant than Mr. Mourdock's. 

To raise yourself in the political ranks by standing on the shoulders of your family while courting someone else—then fabricating lie after lie to try and hide your misdeeds—is simply unconscionable, unethical and immoral behavior for anyone, let along someone running for the nomination of President of the United States.

Such deceitfulness and lack of personal integrity must have no place in our political arena.  Edwards' nomination would have caused untold hardship to the Democratic party -- and to our entire political system.  Try to imagine the crisis our political system would have endured if by some miracle Edwards had won the Democratic party’s nomination in 2008—to which Edwards must have given little, if any thought. 

Mourdock and Edwards are simply the current standard bearers for distrust in our politics, just the tip of the iceberg.   For whatever reasons, we can’t seem to trust our elected officials to do the right things.

Is there any wonder why the public’s trust in Congress is at an all-time low?

Regardless of whether they are Republicans or Democrats, Americans are tired of it’s-my-way-or-the-highway rhetoric and fork-tongued politicians who tell us they are one thing, but are actually something else entirely.

That’s why so many of us are giving up our brand loyalty to being Democrats or Republicans and voting more and more as Independents—if at all, which should be of even greater concern.

What our elected officials need to understand is that the great majority of Americans are seeking wisdom and integrity, not ideology and blind ambition, in those we seek to lead us.

We’ve had it with dogma and deceit!

Larry Checco

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