Today, I?m not concerned about how Mark Felt, or those of us involved in Watergate, or the press is judged by history. All of us have to be responsible for what we did ourselves. What I am concerned about is how, in the eyes of many people, Mark Felt?s end justified his means.
I?ve watched some of the classroom discussions on TV, and, almost to a person, students say he did the right thing because his end was good. This is terribly wrong.
I know we live in an era of moral relativism?everybody chooses what is ?right? for them. But this is a path to chaos and a lawless, ungovernable nation.
Let Mark Felt live his remaining years in peace, but please, don?t make him a role model for our kids. The lasting legacy of this sad era in American life ought to be a sober reminder that the ends do not justify the means. Integrity means doing the right thing in every area of your life, and it?s the real mark of a true hero.
The Good Life by Charles Colson and Harold Fickett.
Read Charles Colson?s press statement on Mark Felt.
Stan Guthrie, ?Colson Blasts ?Deep Throat?,? Christianity Today,
Listen to NPR?s interview with Chuck Colson.
Peggy Noonan, ?The Legend of Deep Throat,? Wall Street Journal,
Bob Woodward, ?How Mark Felt Became ?Deep Throat?,?
William F. Buckley Jr., ?Foul Felt,? National Review Online,