Absence of Honor!

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians from both political parties could learn a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America. Many of these politicians were members of the organization when they were young boys and recited their oath as a Scout before every meeting. That oath should have created the basis of honor for each of them to uphold their future oath as government officials  to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Scout Oath is as follows:

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The scout Law says: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

How does your elected representative live up to this simple set of principles set out as measures for the youth of America that desire to become members of the scouting organization? I expect that most members of Congress and the President’s administration would fail the test for that of a Boy Scout.

With regard to doing their duty to God and Country most members of Congress that support the secular notion of separation of church and state would fail the first requirement of the oath. The recognition that God, or the Creator, has any place in the formation of this nation is repugnant to their ideology. Yet, divine influence is evident in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as conceived by the founders. We witness daily how the Federal government ignores, or totally disregards, enforcement of the laws enacted by our democratically elected representatives.

In so far as upholding the specifics of the Scout Law, every politician is suspect when it comes to being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, thrifty, clean and reverent. The recent display of members of Congress addressing their constituents at town hall meetings is an excellent example of the disdain and disrespect many politicians have for those they are supposed to represent. The Affordable Health Care legislation is an excellent example of governing in opposition to the people. obedience and loyalty is reserved for the “party” and not for the people. Political doublespeak comes from every level of our government up to and including the President, yet it is considered racist if he is challenged for the outright lies he continues to recite to the people.

In Washington corruption, manipulation, and outright lies are the watchword of the day. Honesty, integrity, shame and above all honor are absent in our government today. The spectacle of watching a Senate confirmation proceeding is the an exercise in hypocrisy at its highest when Senators attack a nominee on the basis of political ideology and not on the basis of his or her credentials to hold a particular office. Chicago politics reigns supreme in Washington today.

I would propose we use the Scout Oath and Law as the litmus test against which we should measure all candidates for office in the coming 2010 elections.  We can do no worse using this measure than we do when vetting candidates by any other measure.

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