When Honor is Missing

 

A nation is in trouble when its leaders lack personal integrity. No political system, however well designed, can survive if those responsible for maintaining it are dishonorable.

So, when I read that a Supreme Court Justice was influenced by personal relationships, my faith in America’s future is shaken.

Americans have come to expect – and apparently tolerate – sleazy wheeling and dealing by elected representatives. But I  had hoped for better from  our judges, especially those on the highest court in the land.

Sadly, there is already one justice – Clarence Thomas – whose honor is in question.

But I had thought better of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

It is common knowledge that Kennedy’s son is a close friend and business associate of the Trump family. But I would not have thought Kennedy would stoop to making an under-the-table deal with Trump.

From all accounts, that’s what he did. He is said to have timed his retirement to help Trump stack the court.

Reportedly, one consideration was the assurance that Kennedy’s former clerk Brett Kavanaugh would get the job.

There is also a suspicion that Trump sees Kavanaugh as his get-out-of-jail-free card (because of Kavanaugh’s strange argument that US presidents should be above the law).

In this tainted environment, the Senate cannot possibly consent to Kavanaugh’s appointment.

I realize this is a bitterly partisan time, but there are standards that should be common to all political parties. And one is the insistence on personal integrity.

More on Kennedy’s son

More on the deal

The get-out-of-jail-free card

A tainted legacy

More on Clarence Thomas

12 thoughts on “When Honor is Missing

  1. “NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell on Tuesday deleted a tweet that had triggered backlash, claiming President Trump and retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy were in cahoots to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat.”

    “I’ve deleted this tweet because it incorrectly implies a transactional nature in Kennedy’s replacement. I am told by a source who was not directly part of the talks that Kennedy provided Pres. Trump/ WH a list of acceptable replacements. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/ptxJmrbH9S

    — Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018”

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/10/nbc-news-reporter-deletes-tweet-claiming-trump-kennedy-were-in-cahoots-over-kavanaugh-selection.html

  2. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? should be the cry of America. When the President of America chooses to curry favor with Russia & North Korea and denounce all the allies of the U.S. it surely looks as if the Devil has personally taken over. Where is Joy? I hope my personal opinion has not stopped her from reading George’s blog. As George said she has every right to state her’s. I actually looked forward to reading her literal maze. (smile) So I do apologize, Billy G.

  3. “I actually looked forward to reading her literal maze.”

    第五十六章
    知者不言,言者不知。
    (“Chapter 56: S/he who says does not know and s/he who knows does not say.” )

  4. Replying to Billy- I don’t think God has forsaken Americans, I think it’s the other way round. I am so dispirited, but if we look back through history, it’s never really been different. The only thing is all the technology now that makes everything bad known at once and the good things, that also happen, trickle in now and then in seems. It gives me the feeling that there are too many of us on this planet and the sustainability of it all grows more difficult every day. Sorry I have nothing uplifting to add. Every day since that evil one took office there seems to be a downward spiral of morals and ethics across the land.

  5. If Logic Fish is proposing that everything is a complicated mess then I can go along on that. If someone has an answer to the too many old people or too many young people problem I’m sorry I haven’t read it.

  6. You are right Elizabeth, I stand corrected, the far right Christians have forsaken God as they certainly are not following the teachings of Jesus, but holding on to the Old Testament. The followers of Trump are like those who blindly follow the teachings of a cult. Don’t get me wrong, I am not holding myself up as a “holier than thou” Christian as I fail Him every day, but Jesus taught love, forgiveness , compassion and grace. Us old people have paid our dues and pension plans toward our retirements and only some of us live long enough to collect it. We don’t owe the government anything! Billy G.

  7. “…but holding on to the Old Testament”

    Some people are skating on thin ice.

    “17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

    18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A17-18&version=NIV

    Read the Greek:

    http://biblehub.com/interlinear/matthew/5-17.htm

    http://biblehub.com/interlinear/matthew/5-18.htm

    “Go and sin no more.”

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8%3A11&version=KJV

    “18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.”

    http://biblehub.com/kjv/deuteronomy/5.htm

    “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

    http://biblehub.com/isaiah/9-6.htm

    “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

    http://biblehub.com/isaiah/7-14.htm

  8. “If Logic Fish is proposing that everything is a complicated mess then I can go along on that”

    LogicFish was merely pointiing out how closely some popular opinion conveniently aligns with the Malthusians.

    What about these:

    “The myth of the flat Earth is the modern misconception that the prevailing cosmological view during the Middle Ages in Europe was that the Earth is flat, instead of spherical.

    During the early Middle Ages, virtually all scholars maintained the spherical viewpoint first expressed by the Ancient Greeks.”

    “Greek knowledge of sphericity never faded, and all major medieval scholars accepted the Earth’s roundness as an established fact of cosmology. Historians of science David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers point out that ‘there was scarcely a Christian scholar of the Middle Ages who did not acknowledge [Earth’s] sphericity and even know its approximate circumference’. ”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_flat_Earth

    “Eratosthenes of Cyrene” … “c. 276 BC – c. 195/194 BC.”

    “He is best known for being the first person to calculate the circumference of the Earth, which he did by comparing altitudes of the mid-day sun at two places a known North-South distance apart. His calculation was remarkably accurate.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes

    “The instrument is believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists and has been variously dated to about 87 BC, or between 150 and 100 BC, or to 205 BC”

    “technological works approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe in the fourteenth century.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

  9. You write so much logicfish, and put so much thought into your answers. Why no start your own blog?

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