Counting the Cost When Politics Trump Integrity

Ever since writing Terrorism…Reaping the Consequences of Vapid Lives and Culture last week, I’ve been thinking about when our country started so obviously allowing political pursuits to trump integrity. I think most people who have been around long enough to have observed the change are likely to come up with the same answer; it was when Democrats refused to hold President Bill Clinton accountable for his reprehensible behavior and abuse of Monica Lewinsky, a young and impressionable White House intern. But Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached for his sexual escapades despite how many times Democrats and media supporters tried to convince everyone otherwise; he was impeached and tried for perjury and obstruction of justice in a sexual harrassment case.

Some might even say it began with an earlier well publicized political scandal and cover-up involving Senator Ted Kennedy’s part in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969. Late after a party that night, Senator Kennedy was supposed to be taking Miss Kopechne back to her hotel, but went the opposite direction and after his car ended up in the water, he escaped and left the scene without reporting the incident to police, which many believe would have saved her life because she didn’t die right away. And the above referenced Wikipedia entry makes it abundantly clear that there were many unanswered questions and that things weren’t handled as they should have been and would have been for anyone else. While Senator Kennedy didn’t run for President as he definitely would have done if not for the Mary Jo Kopechne scandal, the resulting legal whitewash was a disgrace, as was the way he continued to be re-elected and held in high regard as “The Lion of the Senate.”

Ted Kennedy clearly lied about his involvement in Mary Jo Kopechne’s death without any serious consequences or backlash, and yet just a few years later President Richard Nixon was forced to resign to avoid certain impeachmentfor covering up a third rate political break in at the Watergate Hotel, where no one died. So by the time we got to President Bill Clinton’s scandalous behavior with Monica Lewinsky, charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, a precedent had already been established for how differently Democrats and Republicans deal with scandals and misbehavior by those in their respective parties. And even though the this list of “political sex scandals” provided on Wikipedia isn’t necessarily complete or fully accurate, it clearly indicates that for the most part, Democrats are more accepting and tolerant of the misdeeds of their political leaders than Republicans. There’s absolutely no doubt that if Senator Ted Kennedy and President Bill Clinton had been Republicans, they would have been forced to resign, and not only by their party because the Democrats and news media would have DEMANDED it. Yet, as Democrats, they continued to garner the love, admiration and unyielding support of their party and Democrat constituents.

When looking back to the days of President Nixon and the “scandals” of his administration, It’s really amazing to see how the Fast and Furious gun running (including AG Holder’s perjury and the Obama administration cover-up), IRS/Lois Lerner targeting conservative and Tea Party groups (particularly multiple Federal agency attempts to intimidate Catherine Engelbrecht’s family), lying and covering up the terrorist attack in Benghazi (which the Media knew and reported immediately) and the disgraceful treatment of veterans in the VA, among so many other scandals and PROVEN cover-ups in President Obama’s administration; which have been swept aside in large part due to sympathetic media outlets regardless of the obvious destruction of evidence and total defiance of subpoenas and court orders. In fact, even with two of his own appointees sitting on the bench, there have been over a dozen unanimous Supreme Court rulings against President Obama’s administration in his second term. And here’s even more information about lost Supreme Court cases for the Obama administration and here. And President Obama apparently has no more respect for Supreme Court rulings than he’s demonstrated for the rule of law in general because his administration continues to blatantly disregard and defy multiple Supreme Court rulings regarding religious rights and contraception provisions in Obama Care. So in comparison to the total incompetence, lawlessness and clearly intentional and documented cover-ups of President Obama’s administration, leading to the deaths of countless Americans and others around the world, President Richard Nixon’s cover-up and abuse of power makes him look more like a choir boy!

Yet, the vast majority of Democrats still support and even adore President Obama and are fully prepared to enthusiastically elect Hillary Clinton to replace him as President in 2016. So what does that say about America? Unfortunately, it says that our country is headed for devastation beyond what we can imagine because God will not turn a blind eye to this country’s wickedness and lawlessness; He is no respector of persons or nations and history tells us exactly what has happened to nations who have chosen the same path we’re on today. Sadly, when we turn a blind eye to history, we are indeed destined to repeat it. And no nation divided against itself and so hell bent on defying the laws of nature and God have survived, and the United States of America will be no exception. So the cost of allowing politics to trump integrity will no doubt be much more than this nation wants to pay. And if we don’t start standing up for our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the “rule of law” and the Christian values on which this country was founded by demanding a much higher standard of our elected officials than what we’ve done recently, we will have no one but ourselves to blame for the consequences and loss of everything we hold dear. So I hope and pray that Christians will ultimately remember that our fate and future are in the hand of God and not in deceitful political leaders stirring up disunity and division in our land and take to heart God’s Word as follows:

Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

Romans 3:11-17 – 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.”

1 Peter 3:10-12 – 10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Ephesians 5:6-7 – 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Matthew 12:25- But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom
Divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

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