Recently, the news has been filled with reports of things falling apart for our current administration. Websites crash. Glitches prevail. Information is leaked. The truth becomes apparent. While some of it may be sensationalized, especially given the impending mid-term elections next week, it can certainly not all be discounted as “mudslinging” and efforts to defame the name of the president. So, how much did the administration really bring upon itself?
That’s the question, isn’t it? When we fail to live up to our promises or, worse yet, we change our promises or even deny that we made them, we are bound to pay the consequences. Once upon a time, people would say that their word was their bond, that what they said was truth and you could take their word to the bank with you. People were people of their word and there was no need to question whether or not they were telling the truth. But truth has seemed to take a slippery path downward, not remaining constant but rather being circumstantial, pinned to a moment and seemingly unreliable.
Granted, we may project what the future holds and we may be wrong in those projections. But when that happens, how willing are we to admit our shortcomings? How willing are we to say that the blame lies with us rather than seeking out the closest scapegoat who can take the fall for us? When we fail time and time again and refuse to take responsibility for our failures, how willing will people be to believe us?
I’ve heard it said that it takes a lifetime to earn trust and just a moment to lose it. I’ve seen that played out on more than one stage in my life and it’s gut-wrenching. Faith is lost in a person and there seems to be an incapacity for understanding that no one trusts them anymore. Is it really an incapacity or is it simply a denial?
I hate politics. Our government seems a broken system in which anyone with any ounce of integrity would steer clear of for fear of the corruption that might take place should they hop on board. Is it asking too much for leaders with integrity, leaders who are willing to admit their mistakes, and leaders who can be honest about what their intentions are? I don’t think so, but maybe I’m naive.
So much that has happened has caused many to lose faith in an already unsteady and somewhat unreliable system. What is the hope for a rebirth? What is the hope for gaining faith and trust again? I think the first step is transparency. An admission of mistakes and a humble apology can go a long way towards restoration. It’s just a question of whether humility has any place in politics, or at least in this administration.