I watched what I could of the GOP Convention this year, thinking back to 1980 when I went to the Indiana State Convention and could have gone to the national convention. Although there were some similarities, there were more differences – and they were major differences. Integrity of our Leaders is essential, and I saw more of it in the past than in the present.
In 1980 there were issues brought out, and solutions put forth as to how to go about solving these issues. In 2016 there was a lot of rhetoric, problems brought out, and name calling, but nothing was established as to how to go about solving problems.
There were video cameras in 1980, but there was no fact checking instantly. We waited for the newspaper came out the next day, and depending on their political slant, if the lies were caught or ignored. Now fact checking is quick, and there were many facts that either were stretched or non-existent.
Despite the idea from the GOP that plagiarism was not important, it comes back to integrity. Although I do not put the blame of plagiarism solely on Melania Trump, she is not a politician and I blame the poor job of research and writing squarely on her speech writer, I do have a problem with her saying she wrote it herself and lying about it. It goes to the main theme of this candidacy – “to lie is alright, no one will care anyway. I can lie as much as I want, and those around me can too, and it won’t make a difference.”
I agree with some of the things the GOP says, we do need to work on improving our immigration problem – but building a wall is a wasted expense. As many drug lords have already said, “We’ll just dig tunnels.” A wall is a temporary determent, but not a solution.
We need to improve relations between police and the communities. This is done by each side working together, and getting to know each other as people and not as a group. Blaming any movement – like Black Lives Matter, or LGBT, is simply pointing fingers and not solving anything.
Have we lost our memory? Back in 2008 we were definitely in a recession, and almost to the point of a depression. Things were pretty dismal then, and it was due to Bush/Cheney and NOT Obama. Despite the “Do Nothing” Congress, and Mitch McConnell, who seems to take pride in his obstructionist tactics, compromise with the Democrats would have accomplished a whole lot more, and helped the government move forward. The entire GOP is deficit when it comes to integrity. They forget they were elected by and FOR the people of this great nation, and not for the lobbyists and corporate money.
The fact that the GOP chose to support the party, without thought to the fact that the MAJORITY of the people elected President Obama, showed that they all lacked the integrity to stand behind their constituents. It showed they were more concerned for getting re-elected than in doing the right thing. Luckily, President Obama was able to turn things around despite them, and unemployment is down and the economy is doing much better (I’m not saying it’s great, but it is better). This is a fact, and no matter how the GOP wants to whitewash it, the facts are the facts and the professionals agree.
Once again, the fact that so many GOP stated they would never support Trump, yet got behind him when he threatened to bully and retaliate against them, or they saw he had the votes to get the nomination shows the lack of integrity they seem to possess. A man of integrity would stand behind his principles, despite the repercussions.
The Trump campaign has been built on fear and misinformation. He has used fear of immigrants, fear of terrorism, fear of blacks, fear of gays, and fear of the white man losing his position of power from woman and minority groups, as a basis for his campaign.
He has supported tax breaks to the rich and corporations – because it helps him. He has supported the abolishing of unions – because it will help him. He has pointed out that Hillary Clinton is a criminal over things she did that other Secretary of States’ have done, or she had no personal control over, and she has not been found guilty of, despite lengthy investigations – yet he has been sued a record number of times over the past 3 decades (3,500+ times) and his supporters don’t even blink at this. With that many attacks there has to be some truth.
Integrity plays a HUGE part in a leader’s personality. If it doesn’t help Trump, it is of no consequence. He will hide behind the loopholes as “good business,” yet never give a thought to how it affects others. Thousands of people can attest to the fact that he does not negotiate, does not keep his promises, and treats people as if they are not important.
He has bankrupted many small businesses who contracted with him. His common practice when it came to paying for work he contracted with is to refuse to pay them full payment (due to not enough income – despite him saying he is extremely successful), and bullying them into taking a much lesser amount or he will keep them tied up in court forever – costing them more in legal fees. He does not care whom he hurts, as long as he got a “good deal for his company.”
If you were a contractor how would you feel?
We gauge our leaders on how they treat others, does this sound like a leadership quality to you?
Trump has even spoken out and said he will have his vice president run the country for him. Why are we electing Trump if he is not going to be doing his job, and delegating it to someone else?
My fear is this man will not only put us in a war with our enemies, he will alienate our friends. Then we are fighting alone. How many of our sons and daughters are we willing to lose simply because an immature man with a thin skin needs to stroke his ego?
It all boils down to the fact that Integrity Is Essential for our leaders – for us to trust them after they are elected to work FOR US and not for themselves.