THE CURE FOR THE DOUBLE STANDARD
No, it’s not groups of people that I had had it with, it is phrases such as these: “questionable ethics…”, “charges of misconduct…”, “plagiarism charges…”, “reports of wrongdoing…”, “ethical violations…”, “conflict of interests…”. I am sick of seeing and hearing these combined words in the media. I don’t have to say a word about which of our Colorado candidates have been reproached by these phrases. They know who they are. We know who they are. And the national scene is downright dismal when we think of the ethical and moral condition of those politicians who wield far too much power over the policies that affect or lives. Perhaps “dismal” is too gentle a term…how about “atrocious”, yes, atrocious.
The topic here is the personal behavior that impacts the public well-being. At a time when Americans have handed over to politicians the power to determine the state of their economic and social health, and the direction of the country, in exchange for a pretense of security or “peace”, our success becomes inextricably linked to the quality of the character of those who wield the power. Are you uncomfortable yet? Yes, your prosperity and liberty is linked to the likes of Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, Barney Frank (Heaven help us!) and the rest of the motley crew that inhabit the halls of congress. The epidemic of corruption is not limited to one party or ideology. It is not the fault of “failed policies” nor simple missteps in governance. It is a spiritual sickness that has its roots in arrogance, greed, and the perversion of our founding doctrines. When America was established as a Representative Republic, the representatives were meant to live in their districts, maintain jobs within their own communities, support themselves and to serve temporarily and briefly. That has given way to a Washington ruling-class mentality wherein elected, and worse, appointed, office holders serve indefinite terms with little contact or accountability within their districts.
The one thing that gives me hope that our nation has not yet fallen into a reprobate banana-republicship, is the fact that many of these corrupt individuals are being called out and taken to task for their graft, looting, adultery, and general delinquency. I am heartened that is was a reporter in the MSM that labeled Michelle Obama the modern “Marie Antoinette”. We, as a people, are fully aware of how unseemly it is for the Obamas to lavish themselves with perquisites while the rest of us struggle against a beleaguered economy. The behavior of the First Family is sort of like Fidel Castro proclaiming “power to the workers of Cuba”, who drive frankensteined wrecks from the 1950s on the streets of Havana, while he enjoys closets full of designer clothes, jewelry and a garage full of the newest sports cars from Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Of course, Castro is not so public about his imperial status as are the Obamas. But I digress.
We live with the reality of a double standard. The MSM and the Left have given themselves a low bar by which to measure their relative virtue. Hence, they give a pass to their pet politicians who commit moral outrages and scandals. They preempt the truth from surfacing if you are Bill Clinton, John Edwards, or Al Gore, all “crazed sex poodles.” But if a politician, public figure or private citizen who is a self-identified Conservative, Tea Party member, or Republican commits some minor or politically incorrect faux-pas, they will be “accused”, “investigated”, “exposed” and presumed guilty with little hope of redress. The double standard is insidious, but it is illustrative of the guilt-centered focus of the American Left. How are we expected to function in the arena of public debate with such unfair rules?
The answer to this is not easy, but it is simple: Adopt the double standard. If the Left has given itself a different moral and ethical code, so be it. We, as Conservatives, will hold ourselves, and each other, to the higher standard. That will not eliminate the slings and arrows from our low-bar counterparts, but the adherence to consistent moral expectations, at least partially, defangs the enemies of liberty. We will live a different standard. We will pledge to become a more virtuous people. The accusations will surely come, but the electorate is more aware and discerning than ever before. They will no longer simply accept the words of the accusers as “true, because we saw it on TV.” They want evidence. They will want to see the video!
Paul, the Apostle preached to the Thessalonians about the advantages of both appearing virtuous and being virtuous. If you are a politician or an outspoken Conservative, you are a target. Follow the words of Paul so that you may remain blameless and unencumbered by the “questionable ethics” that have spoiled far too many of the, once formidable, champions of liberty.
“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”
By Marjorie Haun 8/22/2010