My 9-year-old son is aware of the recent election and the President’s actions since inauguration. He sees news snippets on TV and brings stories back from school.
It’s been difficult explaining to him why the President can get away with lying.
He understands that the role of President is to be our country’s leader, and therefore should be the “best” person among us. And he’s heard many, many times from us his parents about the importance of truthfulness.
So he’s confused.
Yet his innocent question remains.
Our President is a serial liar. This is not in dispute. He’s done so multiple times in just his first week in office, perpetuating a pattern throughout his candidacy. And his lies are beyond what we’re accustomed to hearing from politicians on both sides, spinning their versions of an issue.
So many questions come to mind:
- Why is this ok?
- Do we not deserve better?
- What will be the cost of this behavior on our citizens’ commitment to do right and to get along?
- How will the rest of the world see us now, and what will that cost us?
- Will there be a backlash?
- Will we learn some sort of lesson from this episode, and never repeat it?
These are profound issues. Ones that are tempting to ignore but carry untold costs.
Ethics matter if we want to continue to be the country we say we are.