Monday, September 28, 2009

A Corrupt Government is Impossible!

I have heard it said many times recently on the TV, radio, and elsewhere..."our government is corrupt. "

Well, I do not happen to believe that type of thinking. To say the government is corrupt creates an aire of anxiety and depression, even helplessness which results in a realization that we can't do anything about the government as a whole. It is just too big an elephant to even eat one bite at a time.

However, I think the problem can be broken down to a much simpler form than that, and one where we can really make a difference in our government and in our personal lives. Our government is made up of people and each of those people may be good or corrupt in their morals and character as the case may be. However, the government itself is not. The government is nothing aside from the people that serve in it and that it serves.

So, next time you hear someone say that the government is corrupt, please remind them that the government is made up of people, and people can change for the good. Today, more people are waking up to the fact that it is not the government that is corrupt, but corrupt people that operate within the government. More people are also reawakening to the fact that an individual's character is the most important attribute we each possess, and therefore we each need to work on developing and maintaining better character all the time. That way we really can help develop better character for ourselves, our families, and our government. With each person living better character we can stay on the moral and ethical track to deliver a better quality of life for everyone in the United States.

In the US Air Force we used to have a common saying that went like this: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." That can only happen when a person's character is drunk with what is perceived as power. That is one reason our Founding Fathers created three branches of government. They wanted to make sure that checks and balances were in place to ensure that no person or persons could operate with corruption within our government.

Today, we face a very difficult time in the United States. I believe there is a way to bring us back to our "roots" if you will...and that is through Character Education. Please visit www.charactercounts.org for more information. Here you will find a network of people and organizations that are dedicated to the education and maintenance of "character education" throughout our country. Leaders must lead with Character First! Heidi Ho-

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