It’s All About Character (Or The Lack Thereof)

For years now I have been writing these little missives, as a dear friend who has long since passed away used to say. While the thoughts may be mine, the information I use to support my positions is readily available online for anyone who has the motivation and desire to find it. The fact that they don’t, that they could care less, speaks volumes about the character of people.

Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. But nation’s can have character too; and the character of a nation is based solely upon the character of the individuals that comprise it. If the people of a nation are honest and virtuous then that nation will be looked upon as honest and virtuous. However, on the other hand, if the majority of the people of any nation are corrupt and dishonest, then that is reflected in the overall character of the nation as well.

With that in mind, how would you view the character of the people of the United States? It’s hard to turn a mirror inwards and look at your own flaws and foibles, but if you were to be honest, how would you rate the character of America and her citizens? You honestly don’t want to ask me, the answer might offend you. However, I can give you some things to consider when making your own evaluation of the character of the American people.

Americans, for the most part, show a great deal of respect and reverence for their founding documents; The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, but how many know what they say? How many care what they say? How many have the courage to use what they say as the sole basis for making a decision on whom to vote for, or not vote at all for that matter? With the fact that people continue to vote for the lesser of two evils time and time again, I would have to say that what these documents say is of little concern to a majority of the people in this country. That alone says a lot about the character of the people of this country; but there’s more.

A great many people in this country profess to be Christians of one faith or another. Yet regardless of their choice as to which church to attend, they all have the Bible in common as their guidelines for their faith. Yet how many people in this country, who call themselves Christians, are willing to place their support for candidates whose campaign platform violates the tenets of their religion? How can anyone who calls themselves a Christian vote for anyone who supports abortion or homosexuality? I’m not judging anyone, just making the observation that if you were true to your faith you could not, with any degree of integrity that is, support anyone who supports abortion or homosexuality.

Plus there is the degree to which divorce occurs in this country; as if marriage vows are just things to be said at a wedding, but not taken seriously. Do the words for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part mean nothing anymore? The sanctity of the marriage vow is lost on so many people today. The moment things get tough people call it quits; citing irrevocable differences, and go their separate ways. Not to mention the infidelity that occurs while still married. How many men and women are unfaithful to their spouses?

In a 1788 entry to his diary, John Adams wrote, “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families…. How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?”

Either people are getting married for the wrong reasons, or the sanctity of marriage vows is just as irrelevant to them as the concepts and principles contained in our founding documents. Had it been any different there wouldn’t be as much infidelity and as many divorces as there are today.

The there is the fact that honesty and respect for the truth has been in decline for as long as I can remember. I grew up hearing that honesty was a virtue. Now all I hear is that I have to censor the things I say because some people find the truth offensive.

I can’t count how many times I have been called into Human Resources at work and been told to tone down my rhetoric because the truths I write about offend people. How is it that the truth offends, but the lies they hear every day do not?

When I was a kid being called a liar was a badge of dishonor, something which labeled you as despicable. What has become of this country when we have a woman running for president, with millions of people supporting her, who is a pathological liar and a crook?

Hillary, and her husband Bill, are worse than any organized crime family, as they seek not riches or control of prostitution and drug trafficking, they seek control over our lives and our liberty; and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. The Clinton’s have a long list of people who have died mysteriously after they got in the way of the Clinton’s. Yet as long as Hillary promises all these benefits for her supporters the truth regarding her inability to tell the truth, or the crimes she is guilty of committing, do not matter to her faithful followers.

We Americans proudly boast that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave; yet at every opportunity we endorse our government’s passage of laws, or creation of programs, which undermine our freedom and take away our rights. Then, when someone such as myself, speaks out against these laws and programs, I am the one who’s called unpatriotic. I sometimes think that most people wouldn’t recognize true patriotism if it came up and bit them in the ass.

These are just a few of the things which undermine our credibility and diminish how the people of other nations view the character of the people of the United States. If you were on the outside, looking in, you would see the same thing I have just described; a nation of hypocrites and cowards who say one thing and do another.

I don’t expect anything to change; in all honesty I don’t think the people of this country have it in them to make the necessary changes to restore their character, and that of their country. I just needed to get this off my chest before I take my vacation.

So, until I return in September from a much needed vacation, I bid ya’ll a fond adieu…

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