It looks as though the voters of NY have come to their senses on the possible election of Anthony Weiner to be mayor; he now languishes far back in the polls and has set a new record for the highest unfavorable rating of any candidate ever polled in NY—a stunning 80%; Only 11% see him favorably and they must either be pornographers, his family, late night comedians, or people who work for cell phone providers and need his business. Add to that embarrassing spectacle the case of former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, who is vying for the job of NY City Controller, to oversee finance and spending. The married Governor Spitzer certainly proved to be a pretty big spender on call girls, so it’s hard to see why New Yorkers would trust him with THEIR money. Despite the entertainment value of having these and other politicians find it impossible to leave the spotlight, no matter how humiliating it must be for their families and what friends they have left, an issue emerges----what has happened to the simple virtue of shame? Have we lost completely and forever the red-faced, head hanging, tear shedding sense of shame? When is the last time you heard a politician associated with words like humility, contriteness, brokenness, or modesty? There seems to be a sense in which we’ve blurred the lines between shame and fame. In fact, it’s as if we’ve equated—even elevated both characterizations as if they were character qualities. In a culture that worships celebrity rather than substance, we shouldn’t be surprised that those who want to be the leaders of our political institutions are playing by the same rules as those who lead the entertainment industry or sports. Embarrassing and immoral behavior no longer disqualify one for what passes as “public service,” but rather validate one’s humanity, and the abra cadabra of saying “I’m sorry” wipes the slate clean with the added bonus of 100% name ID. Ego, narcissm, and raw ambition have replaced the notion of selfless servanthood. Elected offices now go to the most brazen, driven, and self-fueled megalomaniacs. George Washington, who had to be begged into service as President and absolutely refused to make it a lifetime career would never make the first cut of a modern day primary that requires one to have the “Elijah syndrome” of believing “I’m the only one God has left!” We don’t see much of the Jesus model, “Let this cup pass from me, but not my will by Yours be done.” Today’s political figures are too often just that---figures…as in action figures --artificial miniatures of the real thing. Shame and the capacity to actually display it is not a bad thing; in fact, it, like humility is a good thing. It reveals that we in fact do know the difference between right and wrong, and are utterly disgusted with ourselves when we fail. When there is no shame, all that’s left is fame, and it’s a sorry substitute for character

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  • John wright

    03/29/2014 12:16 PM

    Thank you Huck! if you run, I will vote for you.

    Satan has almost won the argument when 90% of the conversation is concerning the EFFECTS of sin or crime and only 10% concerns the CAUSES of sin or crime. Satan has totally won the argument when there is no individual courage to solve the remaining 10% of the CAUSES of sin and crime.55

  • John wright

    01/28/2014 02:21 PM

    1 Peter 5:8 says: Be sober and be vigilant because your adversary the devil - as a roaring lion - walks about seeking whom he may devour.

    Rather than always reporting on the “Roaring Lion” (Messianic Obama) What might happen if Christian or Jewish entrepreneurs on Fox News capitalized on this failure by regularly airing the hidden dangers written in the Progressive Socialists Manifesto? German Jews who experienced the ”messianic” Hitler would be the most help!

  • John wright

    12/16/2013 09:19 AM

    The Tea Party is a good example!

    The Tea Party consists of many Christians who actually “follow” Christ. These Christians speak an uncompromising language related to fiscal responsibility and are considered a threat to the majority – enduring the same scorning conditions that happened at Calvary. These Christians are consistent with slogan “In God We Trust” and always try to do the right thing trusting and praising God for the results.


    09/14/2013 11:47 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    Why do you have Lindsey Graham on your show? He seems to be a sellot who is in McCain's shadow. He says one thing and does another. He tries to put on this conservative face until it gets right down to vote time. He should not be allowed on your show.

  • Laura W. Donnellan

    09/09/2013 10:57 AM

    All of us should read 3 books. Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky, What Every American Needs to Know About The Quar'an by William Federer and last but not least, Mein Kampf by 'you know who'. I am a new community organizer and hope that if we read these books we will be able to win elections in the future.

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