The Fading light of the American Conscience

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“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”- George Washington

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton

On some positions cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? … And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” MLK

“The immature conscience is not its own master. It simply parrots the decisions of others. It does not make judgments of its own; it merely conforms to the judgments of others.” – Oscar Wilde

“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal

-Suzy Kassem

“I have a different idea of elegance. I don’t dress like a fop, it’s true, but my moral grooming is impeccable. I never appear in public with a soiled conscience, a tarnished honor, threadbare scruples, or an insult that I haven’t washed away. I’m always immaculately clean, adorned with independence and frankness. I may not cut a stylish figure but I hold my soul erect. When I walk among men I make truths ring like spurs.” – Cyrano de Bergerac

If I had to choose (on average) between the morals, integrity, and conscience of a politician or a drug dealer I choose the drug dealer. It falls into the category of a “no brainer”. We should picture our politicians in hoodies and ripped jeans and dark glasses making shady deals in alleys. We should picture drug dealers in 3 piece suits and nice haircuts appearing dignified and drinking tea served by a large staff in a tax payer funded office.

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