A Critical Need for Integrity
By Greg Quinn
August 8th, 2009
We live in a day and age where honesty is hard to come by. Integrity is difficult to find. Christian character among leadership is like finding a needle in a haystack. And this lack of integrity is portrayed most significantly, unfortunately, by those in leadership within our nation.
Our current President has become very adept at telling a very believable lie. From investigating what he said during his previous political career, much of this he disavowed during the Presidential campaign. He isn’t following through on what he said from the campaign now that he is in office (for some of which we are grateful). And promises he has made earlier as President he is contradicting daily. Barack Obama has become very good at using his oratory skills to skillfully lie to our nation, and perhaps hopes that we are too stupid to catch him in his lies.
But Obama as President is a symptom of a much greater problem, a problem that is inherent within most Americans. We have discarded the Bible as the truth, so we don’t have a basis upon which to base truth. We have moved away from the Christian principles upon which our nation was founded, so we are building our national future on unfounded theories and practical lies. When popularity and political correctness supersede the notion of right and truth and fairness, we have a problem. Obama the President is exactly what we thought he was going to become, as shown through Obama the activist, Obama the Senator, and Obama the candidate. Our nation wanted a leader that would tickle their ears with flowing words and appeasements. Our nation wanted change. Change we have. But is this the kind of change that America wanted?
Obama is the poorest leader that I have witnessed as a 52-year-old American. He is an embarrassment to our nation. But, in evaluating his leadership, it is best to compare him with other leaders who have proven themselves great.
I could provide numerous examples of excellent leaders in America. You could as well. But, for the sake of this exercise, let’s compare Obama to the former President that he himself chooses to compare himself to, President Lincoln. Obama presents himself as the “new Lincoln”. Read some of Lincoln’s quotes below and determine for yourself if there is a true comparison.
Sounds very different than Obama doctrine, doesn’t it? Obama chooses to help the poor by creating more poor. Obama chooses to take from the rich and give to the poor. Obama hopes to weaken the strong in order to strengthen the weak. Obama is not encouraging thrift, but is spending more money than all former US Presidents combined. America is being positioned for bankruptcy, and our children and grandchildren will pay the price. Obama has no concern for the wage earner because he is penalizing those that create jobs. Obama incites class and racial hatred. He perpetrates racist actions and is effectively positioning poor against rich, and black against white, something I had hoped our great nation had overcome. It is something that he attempts to emulate Lincoln, who was the President that first acted to overcome racism, by becoming more racist himself. Lincoln said that we “cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence”. Yet, Obama wants to move us to a socialist form of government, where independence is replaced by dependence upon the government, and initiative is discounted in favor of going with the flow of the crowd. Lincoln recognized that a government cannot help people with hand-outs, yet Obama’s socialist views encourage more give-away programs that actually cripple those he hopes to save.
We need integrity in leadership. I for one am tired of the lies. I am tired of the political corruptness, beginning in the White House and extending into practically all branches of our government. I am sore at the challenge of finding leaders who effectively represent those that put them in office through integrity, honesty, and doing what is right.
What can we do? We first need to pray for our nation, and for its leaders. Obama needs prayer. Our country needs prayer. Our leaders need prayer. We then need to get involved. To idly sit by and allow Obama and Congress to pass laws that will diminish the greatness which is America is un-American. Get involved. Let your lawmakers know where you stand. Write your Senators and Representatives. Start movements of “integrity in politics” within your church. Call the White House. Vote the Senators, Representatives, Governors, etc. out of office that do not support the views that are best for America. We get their attention with action, our voices, and with our votes. And, be “silent no more”. If there were ever a time to take a stand, it is now.
We in America need another “Honest Abe”. We couldn’t get a President any further from this moniker. Let’s band together, demand integrity, and do what we can collectively to keep America strong. Before it is too late.