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We Need Politicians With Integrity

Some states where we publish newspapers have already held their primary elections and other states have them set for July. The general elections are set for the fall as you know.

When considering who to cast your vote for this year may I suggest that you put the integrity of the candidate near the top of reasons why you would vote for them. We need people in our public offices who have Integrity, a word that once meant more to many people than it does today. Webster defines integrity as “completeness, wholeness, honesty and sincerity.”

Once upon a time a man’s word was as good as his bond. If he told you something, you could believe it. But not so today! Many people in our business and political world don’t even know the meaning of the word. We need men and women in political offices today with integrity…complete, whole, honest and sincere people.

I believe there are three key words that begin with a "C" that are required towards the makeup of a person with integrity.

The first is Conviction. Webster says that conviction is a “strong belief.” In daily living we must have a strong belief for what is right and good. Rights and wrongs have not changed over the years. Wrong always has been wrong and always will be wrong. Lying, cheating and stealing were wrong yesterday, they are wrong today, and they will be wrong tomorrow. One plus one still equals two, we can’t change that. We need men and women in office today with conviction. People with a “strong belief” of what is right and good.

I heard a joke once about a man who wrote to the Internal Revenue Service saying; “I haven’t been able to sleep for the past few weeks since I mailed in my tax form. Therefore, I’m sending you $5,000 more in taxes. If I can’t sleep after I send this, then I’ll send you the other $5,000 I owe you.” One plus one still equals two. Wrong always has been wrong and always will be.

The second word necessary in the makeup of a person with integrity is Courage. Webster defines courage as “the quality of being brave.” Once we have conviction if we don’t have the courage to do something about it, we will still fall short. We need politicians today who are willing to stand up and be counted for what is right and good. I know that it’s difficult to do. Many times we are in the minority when we make a stand for what’s right. Often, what’s right is not popular.

We need people today with conviction and the courage to do something about that conviction.

And finally the third word beginning with the letter “C” that is necessary towards the makeup of a person with integrity is Character. Webster says that character is the “behavior typical of a person; moral strength, reputation.” I believe the best definition of character that I have ever heard is “what we do when we know that no one else will know.” We need men and women in office today with unquestionable character. Men and women with moral strength and a good reputation.

Conviction, a “strong belief;” Courage, “the quality of being brave;” and Character, “moral strength and a good reputation;” They all make for Integrity; “completeness, wholeness, honesty and sincerity.” And we badly need politicians with integrity.

When you cast your vote in the future lets put people in office with integrity and people who we feel will serve God first and those who elect them secondly.

 
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