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Does character matter in a Presidential candidate?
I remember how disappointed…no, disgusted…I was when Bill Clinton finally told the truth about Monica Lewinsky. Yet, at the same time, I was glad I knew the truth because that brought me out of the Liberal-minded fog I was in and back to my Conservative roots. Thank You, Lord!
My friend had read the phone tap transcripts when they were released to the public. I couldn’t believe what she was telling me was in those transcripts. I couldn’t believe that was the President of the United States doing those things, saying those things, acting like that. Disgusting.
One news magazine wrote about it and I read the letters that poured in from readers. One man wrote that it was Bill Clinton who did all those things, but William Jefferson Clinton was the President so he wasn’t all that upset by it. What?? I wrote that the man in the White House is Bill Clinton AND William Jefferson Clinton. Our president perjured himself, tampered with evidence, and lied to the American people. That’s why he was impeached.
Had you or I committed these crimes, we would have gone to prison.
That scandal turned things around for me. I paid attention. Like him or hate him, President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, brought class back into the White House. They showed America what a healthy marriage looked like and I thank God for that. I needed to see that again.
So, now that Newt Gingrich is a candidate for President of the United States and we know he lacks character, how important is it to learn from the past? I honestly believe that, like Clinton, Gingrich is a very intelligent man. He is a historian. He knows politics and can handle politicians. But, like Clinton, he lacks wisdom, integrity, and character.
I am not going to apologize for wanting these traits in a President. I feel wisdom is needed in such an office. We have seen in the last 3 years how much damage a lack of wisdom can do to this nation. We need character, a man who will not sign legislation that empowers abortion providers. And we need integrity. We need a man who is who he says he is.
Have we seen that man in our Presidential candidates? I don’t know yet. But I know that those traits are important. I insist on learning from the past.
Your turn: Is character important in a Presidential candidate? Why or why not?