TEA Party Debate- Zero tolerance of Breach of the Public Trust
The topic of this debate revolves around tolerance and intolerance of moral, ethical, legal and political trespasses by elected officials. In this story, I may sometimes refer to these collectively as "ethos* Further, I may refer to breaches of any one of these aspects of American ethos as Breaches of the Public Trust. Broadly the four major perspectives on this issue are:
1) Biblical Mandate - That we must permit/practice tolerance, because politicians have the same failings of average people (Let ye without sin cast the first stone);
2) Political Reality - That politics attracts a certain element of society with a propensity to, for lack of a more secular and less offensive term, sin;
3) Political Loyalty/alliance/allegiance/expediency - Some of these folks that "sin" share our same political beliefs and/or party and therefore we should overlook their trespasses to achieve our political goals;
4) Zero Tolerance - If a Politician breaches the Public Trust, their oath of office, or otherwise betrays the moral, ethical and/or legal beliefs of their constituency, the constituencies support for them should end, period.
Before I say more, I wish to thank all of you TEA Partiers that posted on or discussed this issue with me. I appreciate your thoughtful, reasoned dialogue. It is so much more pleasant and constructive to discuss the issues fully and freely without it degenerating into personal attacks. To the extent possible, I am going to make my arguments in in favor of Zero Tolerance without attacking the other perspectives. Let whatever position that prevails, prevail upon its own merits. This, as opposed to the dismantling of its competitors, as a show of contempt for the intellectual dishonesty that has become political tradition in America these days.
With that back drop, I am for Zero Tolerance. I do not arrive at this position with religious considerations. I come to it from a practical perspective. My position evolves from the following beliefs, thoughts, arguments and premises:
This is a portion of a long article that I wrote as part of a debate occurring at ReTEAParty.com - The Vote No Confidence Group.
I encourage you to read the entire article for perspectives and incites as to the problems with our government, many of which you have probably never considered before.
The Cynical Patriot