Integrity is For Suckers

One presidential nominee tells a federal court that she is not to be blamed for compromising national security by using a secret email server in her home for classified material, but it is the fault of her her aides for not telling her it was a bad idea.  The other nominee blames everyone for his tanking poll numbers but his own chronic diarrhea of the mouth that erupts daily.

OH what a fun choice we voters face in November! Our presidential prospects look dim indeed but what does this say about we the people that we ended up with such miserable candidates in the first place?  That the choice for leader of the free world has come down to a systemically corrupt, pathological liar, megalomaniac on the one hand and a possibly insane, pathological liar, megalomaniac on the other?

Sure, there are plenty of people that loath both Trump and Clinton and who voted for someone else in the primaries.  Many of them will hold their noses and pull the lever for an entirely unacceptable presidential candidate only because the other choice is more unacceptable and quite possibly dangerous for the the nation. This is called surrendering to reality and is understandable.

How did it even get to this point though?  A healthy American immune system running on integrity and truth would have coughed up these degenerates early in the primary process. Instead, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump managed to win over millions upon millions of rabid highly enthusiastic, saucer eyed supporters who propelled them to the primary finish line way ahead of their competition.

So what happened?  Enter the entitlement mentality our country marinates in. It breeds resentment and justifies crappy behaviour because the normal rules of engagement don’t apply to its sufferers.  Don’t you know integrity is for suckers? Better to point fingers and shift blame, rather than take personal responsibility for your actions.

I am not saying all Trump/Clinton primary supporters suffer from an entitlement mentality, but I do believe it has played a significant role over the years in shifting the political  landscape.  Politics ain’t beanbag as the saying goes, never has been, but the vitriol against those that disagree, the vilification and demonizing, has reached such  noxious levels, it’s only natural that we ended up with such flawed and selfish candidates.

This stems right from the individual you know, where fulfilling personal needs becomes paramount over integrity and righteousness.   We all have a few people in our lives whose moral compass is a bit off in this area, but I feel like things are getting worse.

A friend tells me it’s not her fault the man she is sleeping with happens to be married because shdeserves to be happy . Uh huh.  A work colleague won’t share useful information with other team members because ya gotta do what ya gotta do to stand out.  Right.  A now ex boyfriend claims damages from a recent fender bender to fix dents he actually caused himself several years ago.  Don’t you know how much those companies like to screw little guys like me?   Besides, they’ll never find out. Hmmmm.

Most of us are guilty of feeling entitled at some point and using it as an excuse to do dumb things.  I certainly have, more times than I care to admit. There used to be a common understanding though, that acting this way was wrong and brought shame that prevented most people from making  a habit out of it.

Not so much anymore.  People seem to wear entitlement as a badge of honor and will use it to justify treating others in the most horrible of ways.

Which brings us back to national politics.  People are understandably upset at the state of the country, but too many have fallen for the demagoguery of their anointed candidate. “Those other people are the cause of your misery, elect me and I will punish them so you can feel better.”

This swung the door wide open for an already balkanized electorate to make poor choices based on emotion, not logic.  Thus Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective primaries and come November one of them will be elected President of the United States.

Lucky us.

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46 Responses to Integrity is For Suckers

  1. 2thdocbob says:

    Harsh, but very well stated. You have articulated many of the thoughts I have had lately. Great post!

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    • Tricia says:

      Thank you and I appreciate you coming by! I do think there were a fair amount of those that seriously contemplated their vote and put some thought and intelligence behind it. I don’t think that came across well in the post though.

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  2. The Night Wind says:

    This is an excellent and insightful post. Probably 99% of America’s current problems are entirely of our own making.

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  3. Yep! Well said, Tricia. Entitlement, indeed.

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  4. I get so very frustrated with the idea that these really are the only options. It seems to me one of the biggest weaknesses in the American political system is that there are only two recognized parties, and voters seem terrified to step out and vote for real change, even when they have the opportunity to do so. I’m voting for Gary Johnson … Some people say I’m “wasting my vote”, but I think I’d be wasting my vote if I gave it to either of the contemptible “main party” candidates. It is my heartfelt prayer that enough people will feel as I do to break loose and put both R and D in time-out!

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    • Tricia says:

      I agree with you Belladonna on the stronghold the political parties have here. I can undertsand the positives of that but things have devolved in to such a mess that a third or independent party seems almost inevitable. I may be joining you in voting for Johnson.

      I hope all is well with you . 🙂

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      • Hi, Tricia … All is well-ish. It’s been a tough year so far. What do you consider the positives of having only two political parties? Seems to me imbalance is built in – a constant state of conflict. Introduce a third party to the mix – one with sufficient influence to shift the balance of power by forming alliances with one or the other on different issues – and you immediately create the potential for far more negotiation.

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        • Tricia says:

          I’m sorry BT for the tough year you’ve had. It’s been that way here too but we will pull through, right?

          As far as the two party system; I’m not opposed to third parties, in fact my first vote was for Ross Perot who I enthusiastically supported. We all know how that turned out!

          When the system is functioning properly (far from what we have today), than the two party system gives voters a clear choice of what they are getting by backing a Republican or Democrat and in what direction the country will be led in. As Ronald Reagan used to say, bold colors, not pale pastels must be used to distinguish the differences between parties.

          Of course now, who knows what your candidate will do after elected. Very few of them stick to promises made on the trail and end up moprhing in to the gassy, corrupt swampland of D.C politics. Not good for us at all.

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  5. “Those other people are the cause of your misery, elect me and I will punish them so you can feel better.”

    This line, I believe, describes the main social and political problem we are facing right now. Victimization is a very politically lucrative strategy. Convince a group that they should feel victimized of something, real or imagined, and then proclaim you will be their champion, and you have a political base. It is a lot easier than boring people with a political philosophy. Its emotion based, anger and rage bring lots of attention in social media with people hungry for a cause, and they won’t have to critically think.

    And you are correct as well with other people’s actions. I see people justifying their own unethical choices and actions by pointing to other people’s unethical choices and actions.

    It is easier not to have integrity and to make excuses than to have integrity. I have hope though that is can change, but this election cycle sure is not helping me maintain that positive attitude.

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    • Tricia says:

      Oh Is so agree with you on victimization as a political strategy! Fueled by social media and voter inclination towards sensationalism it has divided this country like nothing in recent history. Politicians love it of course and it distracts us from all the awful deeds they do.

      Some days I have a lot fo hope too but others ones, not so much. Eitherr way it will be interesting to see what happens!

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  6. THE Donald campaigns like the Democrats and I think that is why he rubs so many of us conservatives the wrong way.

    Most of us conservatives go gaga over a statesman like Ted Cruz (who got shredded to bits by THE Donald’s campaign tactics).

    But I also think he will do quite well if he is elected President.

    He won’t restore the Republic (it’s been gone for decades) but he can get domestic and foreign policy back on an even keel.

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    • Tricia says:

      OH yes Silence, he does campaign like a Democrat, so true! I hope you are right about his competence. I don’t share that enthusiasm but I will continue to hope and pray over it.

      Doesn’t much matter at this point as Hillary is on track to trounce him.

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  7. Julie says:

    I miss integrity. And manners. And doing a job well for the sake of a job well done. I miss admiring people for the quality of the contributions they make rather than for the amount of money they make. I miss winning well rather than winning at any cost.

    I miss Henry Clay who said, “I’d rather be right than president.”

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  8. ColorStorm says:

    Not an easy subject trish. You are sure to tick someone off wherever you stand. But who can argue against integrity?

    ‘What a fun choice’ you say. Ha, true enough, but here’s a suggestion:

    Go into the voting booth, close your eyes, shut your mouth, hold your nose with one hand, double check that your eyes are closed, squeeze your nose even tighter……..let out a groan…….close your eyes even tighter……….apologize to yourself…………pray to God………….and vote AGAINST Clinton………. 😉

    And this idea should be forwarded to the purists who want the ‘perfect’ candidate. Uh guess what? The Lord is not running; besides, he would be voted off His own island.

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    • Tricia says:

      Sigh….I know CS, we can’t have Hillary but it’s so difficult to vote for someone I believe deep down is rotten. I believe this about Clinton too of course and won’t be voting for her either. We shall see. Besides I live in CA where it really doesn’t matter who I vote for as the person with the D behind their name always wins.

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  9. Someone commented that this was harsh; I see it as reality (which sometimes happens to be harsh!) I think people sometimes confuse the word entitlement with FREEDOM. They believe their freedom entitles them to more because the wealthy take “advantage” of the system. Instead of stepping back and doing a little introspection and determining if one’s actions and thoughts correlate with one’s ethics, morals and values, we choose to accept corrupt behavior as justification for our “wants” and our “deeds.”

    The politicians talk about campaign finance reform on one side of their face as they raise 80 million dollars in ONE MONTH on the other side of their face. Ever wonder if feeding the poverty stricken with this money might be a better use than negative campaign ads?

    The cumulative effects of political “behavior” have guided us toward the place we currently find ourselves. We will complain to feel better, and then go to the polls and vote for people to run our country we wouldn’t even want as neighbors or to socialize with. Until we open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to people willing and able to gently navigate the system away from corruption and toward a GREAT SOCIETY, we will continue down a destructive path. Whether it’s named democrat or republican the end result will be greater harm.

    We like to blame the politicians. In reality, change can and will only occur when we are willing to point the finger of blame at ourselves. We, the people, are not fulfilling our responsibilities including holding our elected officials accountable. Most people don’t even participate in the election process. Shame on us for spewing anger without accepting responsibility for taking action steps necessary for change to occur.

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    • Tricia says:

      Oh very well said Jonathan! A bit unfrair too because I think you encapsulated better what I was trying to say in my post but with fewer words. 😉

      You touched on something too with your statement about people not making honest reflections of themselves and how they might be contributing to their own bad situation. That is exactly why being made to live as a victim is so decimating to the soul. It prevents a person from learning and growing and makes them dependent on whoever is pretending to be their “savior”. Really brings out the ugly in people too which is why our political discourse has devolved so much.

      Funny you should mention harsh reality as there is a Harsh Reality blog here on WordPress. A guy named Jason runs it, good fellow, check him out. https://aopinionatedman.wordpress.com/

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      • Your posts elicit real raw emotion. This is a gift and a great value you extend to all your readers. Thank you for taking the time and effort to create such quality posts.

        Looking forward to checking out Jason’s blog site.

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  10. irtfyblog says:

    Reblogged this on I Refuse To Follow Your Blog and commented:
    Please leave all comments on the original bloggers page. thank you.

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  11. irtfyblog says:

    Hope you don’t mind the reblog, Tricia. This was just too good not to spread to the masses. 🙂

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  12. Dennis says:

    Well stated Tricia. All the comments have been pretty well spot on also.
    My only line of reasoning for voting for Trump is; he is not as beholden to the Establishment as Hillary is. I feel like he will try to get things turned around and will succeed in some measure. Hillary will tank us so deep we may never get back to the surface. Obama has done a real good job of laying the ground work and it would not take Hillary much effort to complete the job.
    Trump has a long slog to get the Presidency and I don’t believe the polls one bit. Mainstream media is all in for Hillary(they don’t even try to cover up their favoritism) and they are the ones doing and reporting the polls.
    A third party is a decent idea but the two parties have made the rules so far in their favor that Christ couldn’t get elected as a third party candidate!
    Hold your nose and vote Trump. He ain’t no Lying Hillary and Bill in the White House again would be a mortal sin.

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    • Tricia says:

      Ha, well said Dennis! I’ mstill unsure whether I can actually pull the lever for Trump. I was almost there until about two weeks ago when he jumped off the bridge of disturbing and obnoxious in to downright insanity. We’ll see.

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  13. Sigh! I’m voting Green. 👍

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  14. Dennis says:

    One thing we might consider in voting for Trump is that if and when he gets tax reform and the economy improving it will create a groundswell to continue his successful plans.
    Voting green or staying home is the worst option to choose. You only have to look at the states that are having severe problems with riots and unemployment to see what voting green or democrat or not voting for that matter brings to the table.
    Cities like Chicago, Baltimore. Milwaukee and states like Pa, Ma and yes Ca all have had democrat leadership and green influence and look at where they are now.
    Republicans are not perfect by any means but I feel they have more interest in helping folks out of their circumstances rather then the handouts the democrats favor.
    Taxing the rich to give to the poor only makes the poor more greedy and needy and the rich become poorer. Not a good situation for either group and in the meantime the middle class becomes non existent.

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    • Tricia says:

      I agree Dennis that his tax reform plan is not half bad and yes Republican policy in steering people away from government dependency and freeing up markets to do what they do best definitely is better for the poor and middle class. At least it used to be but so many of them follow the large govt, crony capitalist, subsidy loving mess the Democrats do, and it’s hard to find good. solid and principled ones who understand supply side economics.

      My problem with Trump is he seems to either not understand or care how and why smaller govt is morally better and so will never be able to explain to the American people the need for drastic reform. In fact his entire business career has thrived on a very large and powerful government doling out special favors to insiders with a lot of cash. He has no intention of reforming entitlement programs and freely talks about increasing them and he has never once mentioned the importance of religious and speech freedom except that he would reexamine liable laws so the press can be more easily punished if they say and things about him. I also believe his trade policies would catapult the economy in to a severe recession

      I fear he will do so much damage to the country under the Republican banner that it will take eons before another ever gets elected president.

      These are my main beefs with Trump and the fact that he’s done nothing over the months to assure undecideds like me that he can be a stable and wise president does not speak well. I fear what we see is exactly what we will get; a narcissistic blowhard who loves power and can’t control his emotions.

      Other than that, he’s a great candidate. 😉

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  15. archaeopteryx1 says:

    The Republican Party began its downhill slide to oblivion once it ceased being a Party for the people and became the right arm of the Religious Right.

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    • Tricia says:

      Come on now Arch, you claim to be a man of research and evidence and so I challenge you to go beyond stereotypical talking points of the Republican party and really do some objective research of it. It holds many different factions of which the RR is but one of many legs.

      At least the Republican party allows others different viewpoints under the tent. The Democrats by contrast have swung vastly left over the last decade and are increasingly intolerant of those that don’t follow the “progressive” agenda.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Sorry arch to piggy back, but trish will get your comment, as for mine? Trish, I think I am still in your spam basement on a leash! lol

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  16. hbsuefred says:

    Unlike most of my fellow Dems who have high praise for Obama and his accomplishments over the past eight years, I still harbor, deep down, more than a bit of anger since his sudden success in winning the nomination in 2008 delayed the similarly earned and well deserved victory of his primary opponent. I wasn’t sure that she should run again, but now I’m glad she did, finally breaking through that highest of glass ceilings, for her granddaughter, for my daughters, and for all of you. Hillary is a baby boomer like me and, if you look at her political history you’ll see that, until her husband left the presidency, her accomplishments, which I think were bolder and bigger than his, were overshadowed by Bill’s popular persona and of course by his personal issues. Generally, I think that’s how it’s often been for us female baby boomers, who knew what we wanted to accomplish but weren’t sure we could tolerate the expected backlash from our male counterparts if we did. I also think that other recent developments have driven Hillary to become the crook, liar, tool of the establishment, or whatever other derogatory term you might want to apply to her current situation and recent displays of poor judgment, though fundamentally I think all of her decisions and actions were taken with the goal of “doing the right thing” for the “greater good” and most especially negotiating compromises with opponents if and/or when the benefit appeared to outweigh the cost. I may a bit on the naive or possibly even idealistic side, and I may not have ALL the facts, but I believe I have enough of them to conclude that the influx of large narrowly focused contributions by single issue and/or single minded big business donors, including but not limited to the Koch brothers and their fossil fuel compadres as well as Wall Street and other financial “professionals” and “investors” drove Hillary to go after these people to finance her current campaign. I don’t believe that either Clinton or Obama concentrated on this segment in 2008, but I think they have become much bigger players in every election, and at nearly every level, since “Citizens United”.

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks for coming by and commenting. I can understand why as a Democrat you might be a Hillary fan and although I disagree with you probably 180 degrees about her, I do respect your opinion. I also appreciate your willingness to admit some resentment against Obama snatching her nomination away, as so many Democrats felt like you did but for whatever reasons would not state so publicly.

      I am generally curious though, what do you believe her accomplishments to be that qualifies her to be President? And why do you think she is in it for the goal of “doing the right thing”? A friend of mine said the same thing to me recently, which really got me wondering why anyone would think about her when she has given every reason to make us believe the opposite.

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  17. Jack Sutter says:

    The only distinction I feel compelled to make is, Trump never promised us punishment for all the people who wronged us, he promised he’s unseat those in power who *weren’t doing right* by us, and would do a far better job than they have in *actually* serving the interests of our country and our citizens. I don’t think he so much casts blame as puts it back where it belongs most of the time, personally, but I can see how others might perceive it differently 🙂 .

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    • Jack Sutter says:

      Or, to put it another way, Trump only ever promised to hold those accountable who were doing wrong. It’s not about punishment though, it’s about accountability. Contrast that with Clinton’s rhetoric before (and after) the election, and it’s a clear difference.

      She was never interested in holding anyone accountable, only in punishing those who disagree, and suppressing them. They’re just… well, to me at least, they’re apples and oranges.

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      • Tricia says:

        That’s a fair comment Jack and I agree to an extant. I have a lot more sympathy for Trump after seeing him in office and watching the Left just completely loose its mind over every single think he does . I still believe we would have been much better off with someone else as President but I do like a lot of the agenda he is trying to enact. And he is a heck of a lot better than Hillary would have been so there’s always that! 😉

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