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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Should politicians be moral?

State Senator Louis DeLuca

New London Day columnist Charles E. Potter, Jr. gives a sad recitation of the alarming breakdown of morality among our public servants of late. Then, commenting on the guilty plea of State Sen. Lou DeLuca, he says:

One more thing: DuLuca [sic] has said he will not resign his office. Good.

We, the people, should have the privilege of kicking him out, so as to deliver a message that we, the people, demand a change in the moral fiber of the leadership of this great state. And if we, the people, don't demand his ouster, then shame on us, for failing to do so would constitute acceptance of his arrogant, bullying behavior, and that of those who went bad before him.

It seems that only a few years ago we were told that competence in office was what mattered, not morality. In 2 Samuel 23:3, King David said that "He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." We don't elect political leaders to be preachers or theologians. King David knew that, but he also knew they should fear God - a heart attitude that would serve as an inward brake on poor behavior.

That's an old-fashioned idea whose time is, I hope, coming again.

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