THE CHARACTER OF PUBLIC MEN

THE CHARACTER OF PUBLIC MEN

As herein used, ‘character’ is intended to mean, “moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.

Qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.”

Public men defines those who are most in the public political eye, better known as “politicians.” In the context used, it may well apply to those females who have or are serving at any level of our municipal, state or federal government(s). For this piece, I speak only about the male of the species.

Ask any citizen his or her opinion of “politicians” and more often than not the answer will be derisive and uncomplimentary; politicians are viewed as less trustworthy and far less exemplary that a used car salesman or a lawyer.

To quote Samuel Adams of Tea Party fame, “The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” –Samuel Adams

There is no questioning the character of our first six Presidents. All were public paragons of virtue, religious, unselfish, trustworthy and loyal to the Republic.

Andrew Jackson, the first Democratic President was a vain, mean and murderous tyrant. If toughness is a virtue, Jackson was that. As a General of Tennessee Volunteers, Jackson ordered the massacre of some 800 “Red Stick Creeks” and their families at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama. To keep an ‘accurate’ tally of the dead, Jackson ordered their noses to be sliced off each and every Indian felled by his forces. There is serious doubt that all were dead before the nose were removed. To make certain, some of Jackson’s Indian allies proceeded to take a few scalps. He never stopped this butchery.

On a different occasion while Jackson was in his command tent, he overheard a teenage volunteer guard in front of Jackson’s tent, make a seemingly disrespectful remark to a commissioned officer. Jackson stepped outside and said, “Shoot him!” The next day this boy was executed by a firing squad.

Jackson was the first president to preside over the “Spoils System” which exists to this day under both Democratic and Republican leadership.

Today it is more apt to be labelled “Pork Barrel” politics. One of Jackson’s appointees, William Swartwout was appointed to serve as the collector of customs at the New York City Customs House, the revenue from which amounted to almost the entire Federal Budget. Swartwout subsequently absconded to England with approximately one million Dollars or about half the annual federal budget. Jackson made no effort to seek his return to United States custody.

Hate was his tour de force. He thoroughly hated the Native Americans, particularly the Creek, Cherokee and Choctaw all of whom were banished on Jackson’s order to reservations west of the Mississippi by way of the notorious “Trail of Tears.

A lack of character is a trait in far too many politicians and it appears that the congress is reticent in bringing their members to the bar of justice to face possible expulsion.

The 113th Congress has made no effort to bring Obama, Hillary, Panetta or any other potential culprit to the justice of a trial for Treason and Murder in the Benghazi fiasco. Alas, Congress appears cowardly in the face of a likely conviction.

Our second President was exactly right when he said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” –John Adams

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