Arise From the Dust and Be Men!

October 5, 2006 at 7:54 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Democracy, Iraq, King George, Mormon, Religion, Republicans, War on Terror | 2 Comments

Michael Hirsh wonders: “Are there no Ikes or Harrys extant?” Where are the men of honor who take responsibility for their own actions these days? Where are the men who acknowledge mistakes and do all in their power to rectify, rather than “stay the course?”

The Prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon counsels his wayward sons to: “arise from the dust, my sons, and be men.” His two eldest sons bickered and shifted responsibility from their own selves onto others. This is good counsel to the leaders of our nation today. Too often I hear of passing responsibility off to others. Dennis Hastert is the most recent and blatant example. He blames “Democratic operatives” and George Soros for doing the job he was supposed to do, which was to keep his House in order.

When asked about a groundswell of discontent among the GOP’s conservative base over his handling of the issue, Hastert said in the phone interview: “I think the base has to realize after a while, who knew about it? Who knew what, when? When the base finds out who’s feeding this monster, they’re not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by [liberal activist] George Soros.”

He went on to suggest that operatives aligned with former President Bill Clinton knew about the allegations and were perhaps behind the disclosures in the closing weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections, but he offered no hard proof.

“All I know is what I hear and what I see,” the speaker said. “I saw Bill Clinton’s adviser, Richard Morris, was saying these guys knew about this all along. If somebody had this info, when they had it, we could have dealt with it then.”

Com’on Denny, rise up from the dust and be a man. Take responsibility for failing in your job!

Take the Wall Street Journal’s Op-Ed on the scandal, also pointing fingers at liberals when in reality Hastert should be blamed.

Take a look at Foley who blames his actions on alcoholism and being abused by clergy as a teen (though his atorney does not offer any evidence).

I’m sure I can find many example among Democrats, but for some reason, these past five years have had a huge number of Republicans who deflect responsibility for any of their actions. Twist it into some form of swipe at their political opponents, even though their error was their own.

Oh for the days of men, like Eisenhower and Truman. I bemoan with Mr. Hirsh at the low quality of men of sound quality these days.

Yes, Ike had his own lapses of judgment and courage, notably when he stayed silent for too long while the demagogue Joe McCarthy took over the GOP. But at least he knew where the buck stopped, just as his predecessor Harry Truman did. Recall Eisenhower’s famous contingency message in 1944, the one the supreme Allied commander planned to issue to the public in case the D-Day landing failed. “If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone,” he wrote in a note he tucked into his wallet. He didn’t get along with his predecessor, Truman, but the latter also shared this quality of personal integrity. “When things went wrong, he took the blame,” wrote Truman’s secretary of State, Dean Acheson, in his memoirs. “When things went right, he followed his hero, ‘Marse Robert,’ General Robert E. Lee, by giving one of his lieutenants the credit.” Compare that to Bush and Rumsfeld’s habit of laying everything off on their generals, or disgraced Congressman Mark Foley’s absurd effort to blame his sexual depredations on alcoholism and a childhood molestation.

Where is the leader today who can say about a new adventure, “If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone?” Moreover, where is the leader today who can, when shown vast evidence that his actions are unfruitful, change and try a new method that might prove successful?

It seems those men are gone today. Today’s men worry more about what happens in November during the even years. How sad men have become today! Arise from the dust, my fellow Americans and be men! (and women too) 🙂


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  1. What say the good Democrats about Chappaquiddick & Lewinsky?

  2. Frankly, I thought that Clinton should have owned up to having the affair, and take it like a man. The whole problem in 1998 was that he tried to lie about it. Hmmmm, sound familiar? If he would have come out and say, “yes, I did have a consensual affair with that woman, and I’ve let my family down,” I think most of America would have forgiven him and moved on. Right-wingers, of course, would be up in arms still, but their voices would have less credibility.

    You’re trying to raise a point that I might be hypocritical. Do I dare criticize Democrats for their sins? Of course I do. I care about the truth and about maintaining high standards for my country. I do not hold everybody to my own personal and religious standards, because they have not chosen to accept them. But I do hold people to their word. If they say one thing and do another, they don’t have much credibility in my eyes.

    I say to one and all, arise from the dust and be men. Take responsibility for your actions, men! (and women) 🙂

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