Morality And Politics Essay

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Morality In Public OfficeI. Attention Step (introduction)A. GrabberA guy dies and goes to heaven. His tour guide starts to show him around the whole place; the tennis courts, the main lobby , when they come upon a room full of clocks. Some are going fast, some slow and some normal. " What's with all the clocks?" the guy asks his tour guide. " Each clock is for each person on earth. Every time they tell a lie, their clock goes faster," he said. Well that makes sense the guy thinks to himself. Just then he noticed a clock on the ceiling going tremendously fast , much faster than all the others. " What's that?" the guy asked pointing to the ceiling. " Oh, that's Bill Clinton's clock. We use it as a fan."B. Statement of TopicI did not have a tough time finding a joke to begin my speech with. In fact, the only problem I did come across was finding one that wouldn't turn my ears red from embarrassment because they were that dirty! Jokes about Politicians may be funny, but what do they reveal about the elected official being made fun of? The joke I just told tells us that Bill Clinton is a liar. Politicians, such as Bill Clinton, who are guilty of not only lying, but of adultery and even bribery are not funny. They are a disgrace to our nation and should be removed from office.C. CredibilityI got into a discussion with a Clinton defender once, and I was amazed by what they said. I was called an ignorant moron because I said that adultery was a valid reason to impeach an elected official, and that I was pleased when any proven adulterer, liberal or conservative, had to leave office.Politics is all about trust. When you come right down to it, the only thing a politician has to sell us is his word. Will a politician, once in office, do what he told us he would do, or will he not? Keeping his word is the mainstay of any elected official, and that's why character matters in a politician.So here we have a politician, his party affiliation is irrelevant to me, who cheats on his wife. What value does his word really have? Your spouse is, supposedly, the person you love and care for more than anyone else in the entire world. Your spouse is supposed to become a part of you, your other half. Now, if you don't keep your word to the person you allegedly love more than anyone else in the entire world, a person who is supposed to be your life long mate, then what assurance do we have that you will keep your word to the rest of us? None, so far as I can see.I asked the Clinton defender that question time and time again, and never got an answer. I was told that it had no relevance to the job he did, but it goes to the very heart of the job he was supposed to do. Clinton was elected on the basis of his word, on what he promised the American people. Yet he could not keep his word to his own wife. So what assurance did he have that he would keep his word to us? None.D. What is in It for Me?Character matters, moral values matter, and how you treat your spouse is a good...

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