Regardless of political beliefs, there are constants within the foundation of our national identity. One is the Oath of Office members of Congress swear to:
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
With ongoing debate of what the Constitution means, interpretation can be deemed subject to whatever one wishes it to be. Yet from the conception of the nation the stabilizer has been the ethics and morality of members of Congress.
Many could with reason argue that there is little proof that elected officials have either ethics or morals.
Morals are based upon strong or commonly held beliefs of what is right and wrong. There are lines in the sand that most people would consider define which side of the line is right or wrong.
Ethics are usually defined as basic principles of decent conduct.
The mid-term elections are in November. They may determine which party will control the government during the next two years.
Voices daily are raised in anger accusing this side or the other of violations of their morals and lack of ethics. Perhaps the reality is the values of the citizens who vote and of those who do not.
Americans get the government they deserve. It is their morals that are on trial in November.