If I looked my boss in the eye and straight-up lied about anything—work-related or personal—and falsely accused others of hacking or smearing me, I would expect him to fire me the moment he discovered I had broken his trust. This seems like a straightforward concept to me.
So why do the American people accept open lying from Congressional members, our employees?
I’ve heard many say that Rep. Anthony Weiner never should have resigned, because what he does in his personal life is his own business and doesn’t affect his job. Alan Colmes—whom I like—was livid that Weiner had stepped down. Colmes even said that Weiner should rerun for his own seat during the next election. He was asked if it didn’t matter that Weiner looked the American people in the eye and lied (including false accusations about others). Colmes responded with something like, “So you want to get rid of every liar in Congress?”
Actually, I do. Americans generally seem to have been deadened to this type of thinking, though, saying things like, “Well, they all do it.” But I guess I’m old fashioned in that when people ask for my trust and my vote, I expect them to be trustworthy people and protect the freedoms they are stewards of. That may sound naïve, but we must always remember that Congress works for us, no matter how much they pretend it’s the other way around. Just as my boss would never accept blatant lies and false accusations from his employees, I won’t accept them from mine.
The Founders wrote about how only a moral people could sustain a self-governing society. Much of the reason our freedoms have been eroded over the past century is because we have allowed corrupt people to govern us under the “they’re all like that” excuse. They don’t have to be. We can and must demand more from them (and ourselves). If we don’t, they will be emboldened to finish what they have started unchecked and will underhandedly remove every ounce of freedom we still cling to. And we will then suffer under corruption and abuse on a level most Americans can hardly imagine now.
I’d like to see an e-book from Voices of the Tea Party chronicling some of the worst examples of open lying to and abuse of the American people, illustrating why the Founders spent so much energy trying to convince us that morality was an indispensible support of self-government and that our Constitution was designed only for a moral people.
Jon Wakefield is a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party.