Think On: “The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and realistic.” JOHN F. KENNEDY, U.S. PRESIDENT
Scandal is defined as an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage. You’d hardly have guessed from the way scandals bounce around these days.
In today’s toxic environment, the term scandal is tossed around so readily as to have become meaningless. After all, there are rarely any consequences in the political arena.
See whether you can say the following in a single breath: IRS Scandal, AG Contempt, Benghazi, General Motors Bailout, Obamacare, NSA Spying, DOJ Spying on Journalists, National Intelligence Leaks, Fast & Furious, Clinton Email Server, Veterans Affairs Scandal, Iran Deal, Bergstrom Deal, Chelsea Manning Commutation, Solyndra, Investigation of James Rosen, Illegal Executive Appointments, Iran Cash, Food Stamp Mania, Student Loans, Record Executive Orders, FISA Warrants…huff an’ puff. That barely scratches the surface of “scandals” in the Obama White House. Of course, some aren’t considered scandals if you’re of the Progressive liberal political persuasion. The political liberals have their own set of Trump White House “scandals.”
The common thread among these scandals is not so simple. They are certainly morally and legally wrong and have caused outrage by some segment of the public. Tumbleweed hopes readers catch the drift. Your morality or my morality; your legality or my legality? Arghhh.
In Tumbleweed’s humble opinion, much scandal is a product of the failure of our cultural infrastructure from suppression of free thinking in our education system to the conscious devaluation of faith and family to the erosion of the nation’s founding principles. In defense, people have learned to look out for themselves, as they seek pleasure in their hedonistic-driven culture and lash out at annoyances (i.e., scandals) that threaten that pleasure seeking. Tumbleweed suggests that is a quite arrogant worldview given that most of the 108 billion humans that have populated the earth have already come and gone. An infinitesimal fraction has the gall to complain!
Solutions? For a start, we might reinsert our nation’s founding principles into the culture. We might build/encourage families as basic unit of society. We could stop government from stealing our liberties. We might avoid addiction or enslavement to any ideology. WE might strive to avoid taking advantage of others for selfish purposes. We might try doing all things to the glory of God. Yep. There are some solutions. These but scratch the surface. Just sayin’.