Wednesday October 17, 2018
President's behavior sets terrible example.
One could easily be mistaken into thinking President Donald Trump is on the ballot this year since he is spending so much time campaigning. A reality check may be in order. A businessman whose businesses filed for four bankruptcies before he became president, Trump is on track to bankrupt our children and grandchildren with record deficits into the foreseeable future.
Facts matter. The U.S. is the only major industrialized country without universal health care. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. in 31st place for life expectancy. The U.S. is ranked sixth from last among 173 countries on income equality measured by the Gini Index. Do voters want feel-good rhetoric or do they want the facts?
The American Indians had a phrase for someone who was deceptive and spoke untruths. They called it speaking with a forked tongue. The Washington Post reported that Trump made more than 5,000 false statements during the first 600 days of his presidency. What does his distortion of facts teach our children? That it is OK to lie and that getting away with it is even better? Character matters.
Character matters in leadership