Posts Tagged ‘Presidential Character’

Debbie Lewis
October 13, 2016

Since when did we, as a nation, decide our leaders could be devoid of integrity and character? What happened to leaders who had the nature of George Washington? You know he must be rolling in his grave watching the past few elections! Back to it, what happened to integrity and character?

Integrity is defined as being honest or fair; firm adherence to a code of moral values. Can anyone say Trump or Clinton possess these traits?

Character, at least in this instance, means possessing moral excellence and firmness. Again, can anyone say Trump and Clinton possess character? (They truly are characters, but that’s not what we’re talking about!)

In researching for a documentary, I found some very interesting information on what constitutes presidential character. From the script:

“Jim Lehrer hosted a most interesting portrait of presidential nature in a mid-1990’s PBS special based on a collection of essays about former US presidents. During the special, Character Above All, James Cannon, author and former advisor on Domestic Affairs under President Gerald Ford, made the statement that presidential character consists of ethics, morality, self discipline, willpower, and, of course, the ability to act in the best interest of the country. And, Cannon says these characteristics should reign supreme without regard to the person’s chances for re-election.

Many of the authors and historians participating in that PBS special see honesty, confidence, and courage as vital characteristics of a US president. Still other distinctive qualities considered of the utmost importance are consistency, vision and practical good sense.” (The Ron Paul Uprising ©Debbie Lewis, William Lewis Films)

Another interesting piece of research for the same documentary came from Time Magazine, again from the script:

“On June 14, 1963, Time Magazine published an interesting article with regards to Presidential Character. The things Former President Dwight Eisenhower felt were of the utmost importance were:

Self-restraint
Making decisions on positive ground, No extreme measures
Understanding why this country is so great, which includes:
“a respect for the freedom of people to work for themselves, their families, their
communities; and this with a minimum of interference from government.”
An inner calmness that helps him maneuver through crisis, which affords the ability to
make mature decisions
The where-with-all to surround himself with strong people with strong views
Experience – being wholly ready to take on the task if the Presidency
A principled leader” (The Ron Paul Uprising ©Debbie Lewis, William Lewis Films)

I ask again, do either Trump or Clinton possess these characteristics? They do not. The fact that an entire nation of people are satisfied with these two as leaders should make us physically ill, but people have resigned to vote for one or the other, without regard to their lack of moral fiber. What has happened to the people if this nation? Why have we, as a whole, decided we are worthy of less than an excellent leader?

Here’s just a bit more about the true characteristics we SHOULD be looking for in a president, again, from the script:

“As for presidential character, however, there is one source many overlook…other clues about appropriate presidential characteristics can be found in the Constitutionally mandated Oath of Office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, one must first understand it. First and foremost, our government derives its power from the people. So, the ideals that should be brought to the office should be those of the people, NOT the person running for President…Not the political party to which the person belongs…but the actual population of the United States, regardless of party affiliation.” (The Ron Paul Uprising ©Debbie Lewis, William Lewis Films)

You have to wonder if either candidate understands what the role of president actually entails. These days, the election of a president has become a popularity contest rather than a true seeking of actual ability. Elections have also become about voting against someone rather than for them. The fighting against candidates in this election is vicious! What’s more, this particular election has also become a circus. While Americans should be absolutely embarrassed by the despicable selection of candidates, they are embracing the lesser of the two evils like never before.

I consider this a dereliction of duty as a citizen of the United States. Never the less, this election is less than a month away, and my best consideration right now is to not vote. Not because I don’t want to or because I’m lazy, but because I cannot support either candidate, or the only other viable candidate in the race at this time. If I decide to go down that road, my no-vote will be an actual vote of no confidence in this abomination of an election. Say what you will, but my conscience will not allow me to vote for anyone lacking true integrity and presidential character…I’ll not do that ever again…my country is worth more than that…my VOTE is worth more than that!