U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA) resigned from Congress last month, following conviction on more than two dozen counts of racketeering, bribery and fraud, after a month-long trial in federal court. The 59-year-old congressman, who represented parts of Philadelphia since 1995, was found guilty of orchestrating these criminal acts to enrich himself and preserve his political career. His personal integrity was ruined.
On Saturday of this Fourth of July holiday weekend, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally sat for an interview with the F.B.I., in its “investigation” about her use of a private computer server and email address, while head of the Department of State. The intensive probe concerns where this presumptive Democrat candidate for U.S. President may have intentionally ignored government regulations, carelessly mishandled classified information, and/or recklessly impinged national security. Her public statements on these matters have changed over the many months of this investigation, prompting her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, to bluntly question her integrity.
Then, Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, made a questionable “social call” a week ago at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. Apparently having been in Phoenix for golf, President Clinton was on a private plane preparing to take off when he learned that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her husband would be arriving on a government plane shortly. So, he delayed his departure and apparently walked to Lynch’s plane just to say hello to Mrs. Lynch and her huisband. The Attorney General says they did not discuss the F.B.I.’s email investigation, and that the tarmac talk was purely social. But Hillary’s husband has embroiled the AG in a legal conflict of interest, impropriety, and potential favoritism, since she is the one to decide whether to proceed with criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton. Was this an innocent encounter? Or was it an expression of “soft intimidation” by the husband of one who is a target of a F.B.I. investigation? Either way, the “short, chance meeting” was inappropriate, unprofessional and possibly, legally unethical.
So, here are three recent incidences of failed integrity, truthfulness, and honesty. We all can click our tongues or publicly protest at political conventions, but similar corruption can run rampant in our private lives or places of employment, as well as in our nation’s capital.
God calls us all to live lives of truth, honesty and integrity. Only then can we expect to find true public servants, who share these same qualities of character.