Douglas MacKinnon

In politics, character does and should count. 

For instance, character can be demonstrated in any number of ways including during a Republican presidential primary process.  Hypothetically, let’s imagine that one Republican candidate was just purposely and viciously smeared with the indelible charge of “racist” by a  left-leaning “news” organization.  Obviously, should such a deliberate, heinous, and patently false charge be leveled against such candidate, the other candidates running for the nomination would instantly put aside all differences and rush to the side of their defamed colleague.

            Why?  Because character does count and the Republicans running for president would most certainly understand that such a despicable falsehood aimed at one of them by the propagandists for the far-left is aimed at all of them.  More than that, they would understand that should they not stand shoulder to shoulder with their GOP opponent and instead leave the charge unanswered, they would become willing accomplices to the liberals escalating campaign of class-warfare and divisive and poisonous rhetoric.

            So naturally, the other candidates would drop everything and speak with one voice in the defense of their wronged colleague.

            Well…at least imaginary Republicans in a hypothetical case would do so.  In real life, Republicans not only don’t defend a falsely-charged colleague, but  three of them shamefully piled-on to further their own personal ambitions.

            Why?  Because “character,” “honor,” and “integrity,” caught the last train out of Dodge a long time ago.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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