Character IN; non-judgmentalism OUT

In his most recent article, Thomas Sowell hit the nail on the head on why character matters with Spitzer and others like him and why we can’t risk the “progressive” (my word) notion of non-judgmentalism!

If you’ve read the blog over the last week, I have been accused many times (by the lefty commenters) that I am judgmental and Christ didn’t judge people (I have often wondered how those who seem to ignore–or have never read–many passages in the Bible, like to use that one “judgment” concept in the Bible as their defense).

Anyway, Thomas Sowell has taken the Eliot Spitzer episode and clearly stated why what Spitzer did was not  just a “fall from grace” for an otherwise upstanding citizen……and why you can’t just say “don’t judge” a guy for one mistake! (which now, it is found, was one mistake done over and over again!)

What is almost as scary as having someone like Eliot Spitzer holding power is having so many pundits talking as if this is just a “personal” flaw in Governor Spitzer that should not disqualify him for public office.

Spitzer himself spoke of his “personal” failing as if it had nothing to do with his being governor of New York.

In this age, when it is considered the height of sophistication to be “non-judgmental,” one of the corollaries is that “personal” failings have no relevance to the performance of official duties.

What that amounts to, ultimately, is that character doesn’t matter. In reality, character matters enormously, more so than most things that can be seen, measured or documented.

Character is what we have to depend on when we entrust power over ourselves, our children and our society to government officials.

We cannot risk all that for the sake of the fashionable affectation of being more non-judgmental than thou.

Sowell even uses this point to emphasize the issues with Obama—many that I have pointed out—that seem to have been mostly ignored by those fawning over their most recent “I hope for change because change will bring hope” savior:

Currently, various facts are belatedly beginning to leak out that give us clues to the character of Barack Obama. But to report these facts is being characterized as a “personal” attack.

Barack Obama’s personal and financial association with a man under criminal indictment in Illinois is not just a “personal” matter. Nor is his 20 years of going to a church whose pastor has praised Louis Farrakhan and condemned the United States in both sweeping terms and with obscene language.

The Obama camp likens mentioning such things to criticizing him because of what members of his family might have said or done. But it was said, long ago, that you can pick your friends but not your relatives.

And I love this last line….

Obama chose to be part of that church for 20 years. He was not born into it. His “personal” character matters, just as Eliot Spitzer’s “personal” character matters — and just as Hillary Clinton’s character would matter if she had any.

Full article….


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