This opinion column originally appeared on thebelltowers.com on 11/6/2012.
One tires of the tawdriness of it all. The obsessions of Lena Dunham and Sandra Fluke, the profanity-laced tirades of Samuel L. Jackson and the alleged nonagenarian of Michael Moore’s devising. Indeed, the vulgarisms spouted by the current occupant of the Oval Office himself.
I have had to chastise my son not to use that kind of language in the house – “I don’t care if the President of the United States says it.” This man has not made parenting any easier – a recurring concern of mine.
Confucianists in ancient China contended that the well-being of the polity was closely linked to the moral integrity of the Emperor and, radiating outward and downward from him, of those through whom he exercised authority. This certainly speaks at least to a metaphorical truth.