In his insightful book Integrity, Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter writes: I look forward to the day when we as voters will say, “I agree with So-and-so on most of the issues, but I could never vote for somebody who would say this or do that in order to win.”
Instead, we make excuses for our candidates, justifying ourselves for giving them our votes because the other candidate is worse.
Maybe that makes sense, maybe not. But what is the effect on the culture we live in, on us and on our children when standards of public discourse disappear?
We may not be able to change the system, but we can commit ourselves to not letting the system change us. Maybe that sincere commitment will set in motion the groundswell that will restore dignity and civility to our society.
What commitment are you going to make today?