I feel that out current presidential candidates have each had an opportunity to show a little integrity by admonishing people in their own party who are involved in poor behavior. So as not to show any bias will share one example from both parties.
- I will start with Obama and his “you didn’t build that alone ” comment. I sat listening to several republicans make fun of Obama’s statement over and over again. Each of which felt that they had worked hard on their business. Mostly though they just wanted to childishly make fun of the opposing candidate. As they sat there making fun of Obama I couldn’t help but be upset because these were smart people who were intentionally missing the point so as to belittle the candidate. What Obama was saying was that we all benefit from infrastructure so when we spend money on infrastructure everyone benefits. I wish Romney curbed his followers. Maybe he could release a statement like “There is enough legitimate things to attack the Democrats on that Republicans shouldn’t use a misquote or something taken out of context.”
- The next example I have of a leader having an opportunity to show leadership and integrity in the presidential campaign is Obama not acting when Harry Reid made his statement about Romney’s taxes. If Harry Reid could produce proof of his statement then that would be one thing, but he couldn’t. Obama should have recognized that that is bad behavior by his own party on his behalf. If he had the kind of integrity and leadership I want in a president then he would have release a statement similar to the following, “I want to win the presidential race but not by any means necessary. If anyone can prove that Mitt Romney has been not paying taxes then please step up. If you do not have proof then please stop adding to the rumor mill.”
These represent chances for each candidate to show his integrity. Instead both candidates let their followers run rampant with them by either standing aside or sometimes participating in the bad behavior. I may be wrong but this type of behavior by both major political parties make me feel that instead of leading, the leaders are trying to figure out where things are going and then running to be in front. I want a leader who says “We should go over there” and America follows.