Armstrong Williams
These are questionable times in our country’s heralded history. The current Congress remains grid locked on nearly every issue of the day, unable to move even basic legislation regarding public safety, transportation, even the Post Office. Meanwhile, a president elected in a modern-day landslide, who vowed to embark on a new era of governing, could go down in history as one who promised so much yet delivered so little.

And while Washington burns with pressing policy concerns, the rest of the nation is swirling in a tempest of questionable practices, poor judgment, and plain stupid behavior that rises to the most elite and highly-regarded in our society.

At a time when the President could stand up and rightly (and righteously) call out the abominable behaviors of our fellow countrymen, silence is his only response. At this time, we need a president willing to decry the injustices perpetrated on the innocent. We need a president who can set a new tone both inside and out of Washington – one of simple morality.

We live in a world full of grey. I get that. Casey Anthony murders her 2-year old daughter – by accidental drowning or whatever fantasy you may choose to assign to the unquestionable death of this innocent life – and is found not guilty. Only in America.

Yes, the judicial system worked. She faced her accuser and, by a jury of her peers, Casey Anthony was acquitted. But is that enough? Should we as a society just go about our normal lives in the wake of such tragedy? But if we should not, then who among us should stand up and say, “Something’s not right here”?

Let’s get closer and take an issue where this White House could get involved and, I believe, missed a moral duty to.

Begin with the countless episodes of infidelity throughout elected office today. Look at the near-criminal acts of Sens. John Ensign or David Vitter. Or how about Sen. Larry Craig and his “wide stance” defense? A former candidate for president fathers a child and uses campaign funds as hush money. A sitting governor of the largest state in the union fathers a child, but only allows it to go public once he leaves office. I’m just getting started on this motley crew.

Did we hear of any admonitions from our president? Was there one sincere comment by Mr. Obama to the point where the media reported it?

The cynic would say he chose to look the other way. That Obama was concerned he may be perceived as “playing politics” by castigating Republicans, knowing he couldn’t do the same to those in his own party.

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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