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Teaching our kids the value of Good Character

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I’ve been telling my two sons the same message for their entire lives: my goal for them is that they grow up to be strong, kind, solid men of good character. And anything I do or don’t do is in furtherance of that goal.

As a result, both of them (ages 12 & 13) are presently strong, kind, good boys… so far. I’m hardly naïve, and well aware that with the gift of free will, they could one day make destructive decisions which upend all my and my wife’s hard work.

But I wouldn’t bet on that happening.

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Who Was the Last Politician You Admired?

We’re honored to have a guest post today from friend-of-the-blog, the ‘Deja Reviewer‘. His post asks a reasonable question, and in light of the actions of so many recently in elected office, it’s probably a question more folks should be asking more often.

—JTR

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When was the last time you truly admired an elected official who represents you? And when I say “admire”, I specifically mean that you understand that this individual:

  • Put their pride aside and always tried to do the right thing.
  • Served his/her constituents rather than seeking power for its own sake.
  • Was morally upright in his/her personal life.
  • Was the kind of person you aspire to be.

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How many spring to mind?

Can you think of one?

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Refreshing our memory: What integrity looks like

Tonight I came across this post from my Winnowing blog.  I wrote it back in March of 2008.  This week, while we drown in news about Eric Holder and Jerry Sandusky, I thought it might be nice to remember what genuine integrity looks like:  Integrity does what is right, even when no one is watching, and a lie would serve you better. 

In the film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, the famous golfer from the 1920s is playing in a championship when to his dismay he accidentally causes his ball to move before he has actually swung. He immediately calls the official over and informs him of what he’s done. Jones’ primary competitor declares that he didn’t see it happen; the official didn’t see the action, and after polling the spectators it seems that no one else saw it either.

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