“As religion and faith are being driven out of the public square, the Judeo-Christian ethical foundations that have sustained our country since its beginning, are being lost and are being replaced with a humanistic amorality, a self-centered, pragmatic indifference that will ensure that our moral compasses will fail to point us in the right direction in the future." — Archie B. Carroll
Professor of Management, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia 4/28/2003

Truer words have never been spoken to describe the loss of integrity in leaders that we place our trust.  Just look at the recent events:

  1. Brian Williams tells a series of white lies regarding his coverage of Operation Desert Storm and other stories.
  2. Robert McDonald, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was speaking to a homeless veteran and falsely claimed to have served in the Special Forces.
  3. Governor McAuliffe, infamous for his inability to tell the truth when embellishments and white lies can carry the day, went on WTOP’s Ask the Governor program to discuss the budget and claimed “I got everything I asked for.”

I’m sure “Politifact” and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, whose headlines describes the budget providing Governor McAuliffe a “sunny outlook,” won’t fact check this statement. If they did, it wouldn’t take long to find that the legislature has made approximately 451 amendments to the budget T-Mac’s presented them.  Additionally, a quick perusal of the legislature’s press release regarding the budget demonstrates many budget items that the Governor did not get.  This includes a rejection of $11.7 million dollars in new fees, the elimination of $33 million dollars in additional debt the Governor sought among many others, oh, and no Medicaid expansion.  But truth has never been a barrier to T-Mac’s claims.

What do Brian Williams, Robert McDonald and Terry McAuliffe have in common?  There was no discernable benefit to them for telling the lie.  They fulfill Professor Carroll’s concern that the morality and integrity that shaped our nation through religion and faith have been replaced with “…humanistic amorality, a self-centered, pragmatic indifference….”

Perhaps Warren Buffett had it right.  He once explained that "[i]n looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."  Virginia, consider yourself warned.