None but Honest and Wise Men
by Robert Yoho

Although I am often criticized for "bashing" liberal Democrats, my opposition to Albert Gore Jr. is based solely on his ideology. Any desire I have to see him defeated is merely to reinforce my natural sense of justice. I want to see Gore defeated so that the country can learn that a fabric of lies will eventually come unraveled.

Although a person might get away with telling one or two lies, I like to believe that a person cannot successfully make a practice of it. My sense of justice tells me that a habitual liar cannot continue to thrive in his marriage, his place of business, or in the world of politics.

Only Bill Clinton has ever made me question that long-held belief.

It is my hope that Americans will never allow themselves to be duped by a man like Clinton again. It is my dream that a man of the president's low moral character will never again be granted the opportunity to hold high elective office. Moreover, it is my hope that a man will never hold our nation's highest office who truly believes that Clinton should be numbered among our greatest presidents.

George W. Bush recently stated that he could not wish Gore success, but he did wish him well. I share those sentiments. I do, however, long to see Al Gore defeated at the ballot box--not because he differs from my point of view, but because I know his policies are inherently bad for our country. It is only his beliefs and philosophies that I want to see impeached. It is Gore's policies that I long to see indicted, for they are clearly detrimental to our future success.

When John and Abigail Adams moved into the White House 200 years ago next week, Adams wrote: "May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."

When we were children, many of us were brought up with a reverence for the office of the presidency. It was a nearly sacred position to us. Americans saw their presidents in much the same way that we viewed our pastors, our priests, and our rabbis. In our young minds, only the very best men occupied the Oval Office. Our parents held them up as examples; they wanted us to grow up to be like them.

Moreover, many of our presidents did their best to live up to this sacred trust. They were not perfect men, but they did their best and tried to raise their stature to the solemnity of the office.

It is my ultimate desire that America's children can once again look to our president through those same eyes. It is my hope that our country's citizens can see the president as someone whose behavior is once again worthy of our emulation. It is my dream that the presidency will finally be seen as something other than a dirty joke, something to be whispered around the company water coolers and repeated freely in locker rooms or late night television shows.

America needs a president who will restore the office to the lofty position it once held before the eyes of a watching world. We need a president who will inspire our young people to serve their country's best interests instead of using our country to serve their own personal interests. A president should inspire our best instincts, not appeal to our base ones.

Throughout history--from Washington to Clinton--the office of the presidency has survived. It has endured in the face of scandal and impeachment. It has lasted through the dissolution of the Union and a bitter and bloody war to restore it. The presidency has brought out the very best in man; it has shown us his very worst. It has taken us to the moon and back again. In spite of inflation, deflation, depression, recession, and assassination, the presidency has gloriously survived.

The sanctity of human life and the sanctity of marriage should be given an elevated status by our next chief executive. We should elect a president who will guard the vows he made to his wife with the same diligence as those vows he made to the country.

The reputation and honor of our Commander-in-Chief should be without blemish. Our enemies and our allies should never question whether our country's military actions could be a response to sagging poll numbers. But most of all, we need to choose a president who will treat the office with the same respect that it rightfully and historically deserves.

In the midst of the Clinton administration, the words of John Adams may sound archaic and outdated, but they are the timeless birthright of every American. It is high time that we reclaimed them!

2000 Robert Yoho

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