Are Our Standards too High???: The Problem with Politics Today

Kuuleme T. Stephens

Kuuleme T. Stephens

Politics today have become such a mess that no one knows who to vote for or what to vote for anymore. We have to worry about our Politicians lying, cheating, having affairs, and numerous other bad qualities which we choose to demonize as we choose. Can anyone tell me when exactly, we as the human race became more powerful than GOD??? The Bible as I read it says that God is the judge of all men, so when did we become the judge and jury able to ruin other people lives and hold them to standards that we ourselves can’t even live up to??? Is there a hidden rule that I missed that states once you enter political office you must be perfect and have no human faults???

Our Country has a Religion, a Constitution, and laws that set basic guidelines for us to follow. These guidelines are set in order to make us the best people we can be in this life. Nowhere in either of those does it state one must be perfect in order to be a good person. Everyone makes mistakes, the only difference then is, if you learn from those mistakes and take steps to correct them. Now that being said, are there bad people in this world??? The answer to that would be yes. People who knowingly do “bad things” for personal gain can be considered bad people. Can people change??? The answer is yes, but some choose not to. It is not up to us to condemn them though; someone else already has that job.

So many people in Politics and other Public Figure positions have been hurt and destroyed while either running as Public Figure or being in a Public Figure position. It’s not just the people in the limelight that get hurt and destroyed either, their friends and family suffer along the way as well. Slander, the public broadcast of personal lives, moral misdeeds, and breakings of laws are not contained to one political party either. For example: Herman Cain, Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr., Barrack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Ted Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Ron Paul to name a few. How are we ever to elect a candidate for any position of power if we hold them all to the standards of a perfect being or a God???? Do we ever truly know who a person is or what is in their heart??? In addition, how are we ever to find any of this out if we are judging them right off the bat without even looking at circumstances or the realities of the world surrounding the events???

I am going to use myself as an example on this one. I will probably lose friends (I have already lost a lot of family members and friends along the way already) so it does not really bother me. Most people know me as a proud mother, a Navy Veteran, and a very outspoken female Black Conservative. Most people would also say that I am a good person and many have asked me to run for a Political Office. That is only part of who I am. I have been many things during my lifetime. I will list some of them for you:

  1. 1.     Mother
  2. 2.     Cheerleading Coach
  3. 3.     Bible Bowl Youth Group Member/Church Member
  4. 4.     Girl Scout
  5. 5.     Ballet Teacher
  6. 6.     Counselor
  7. 7.     Navy Hospital Corpsman
  8. 8.     Ordained Minister
  9. 9.     Nursing Assistant
  10. 10.  Conservative and Tea Party Member

However, I have also been:

  1. 1.     Stripper
  2. 2.     Adult Movie Actress
  3. 3.     Hooters Girl
  4. 4.     Male Strip Club Manager
  5. 5.     Democrat
  6. 6.     A Single Unwed Mother
  7. 7.     A Welfare
  8. 8.     Homeless
  9. 9.     Bi-Polar/PTSD Veteran
  10. 10.  A person known not to have problems with homosexuals (except on the right to marry in the Christian Church).

Will that change some people’s opinions of me, of course it will. Do I care??? Quite frankly, NO! EVERYONE has a skeleton in their closet whether they choose to admit it or not, and if they won’t they are not being honest with themselves. I have never claimed to be perfect. I have never purposely hidden who I am from people. I can very easily be found on the internet just like everyone else. I also would never run for political office because I know the people of this Country and Media would drag my family, my friends, and me though pure hell in doing so.

     Where people in Public Standing go wrong is: They try to purposely hide their mistakes and place themselves in the position of being looked to as a God and not a human being. When these secrets are dug up (and they will be dug up by one side or the other), then they are scrutinized even more for being a liar on top of the misdeeds they tried to cover up in the first place.

     Where the General Public goes wrong is: We place such high standards on public figures that it is very easy to tear them down. Most of the General Public can’t even meet the standards we hold our Public Figures to. So why does everyone get so upset and disappointed when a Public Figure falls??? Why do we all continue to act so surprised that these Public Figures are human just like us???

Therefore, in closing I will leave you with this:

Before we look to judge and condemn our Public Figures, we should first look to ourselves to see if our own house is clean. Before we look to ruin other people’s lives and the lives of their friends and families, we should check to see if the error they made was an error made out of being human, or an intentionally “bad” error that they purposely made out of truly being a truly “evil” person with the worst of intentions. When we as a Country are able to define the difference between the two, then and only then will we be able to elect a President and all other Political Figures suitable to run this Country the way it should be………


18 thoughts on “Are Our Standards too High???: The Problem with Politics Today

  1. You’ve lived, you’ve struggled and suffered, and you’ve learned. Many people cannot say the same. So maybe we sinned ? We repent, and are stronger and wiser for it.

  2. When I was about 12 or 13 our Pastor did a sermon on “The Sins of the Past”. I will always remember this as I thought about it, and used it from then until now and everyday going forward. “He casts our sins as far as the East is from the West, and remembers them no more. If the only person who can truly forgive us of our sins is willing to do that, then shouldn’t we, as children of God, do the same?” – Pastor Kenneth Roller That meant a lot to me, and I truly believe it from the bottom of my heart. I choose my friends, not by what they have done in the past, because that is a learning experience for all. I choose my friends based on who they are when I meet them, what they stand for, and what they do in their lives. I am truly blessed, because I have been able to find many friends who come close to believing and stand for most of the things that I do. I would really be scared if everyone believed or stood for the same things that I do, as that would mean that they don’t think for themselves, and that would be scary to me. If someone feels the need to bring up someone’s past and throw it in their face, then that person needs to move on, as you are not someone who needs to be hanging around. Either take them as they are, as Jesus does, or move on if you can’t be supportive.

  3. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” However, having agreed to that: “Physician heal thyself.” God forgives a person who seeks forgiveness and I too forgive them, but it doesn’t mean I want them making decisions that will affect my life.

  4. Now I loved this…and it is so to the point. That is why I have not made a clear point in picking my candidate. I do know who I will not vote for….Everyone has made mistakes in their life, but we all have the ability to grow from those mistakes and learn. Even more so, we can go to God for forgiveness and be given that forgiveness by God….But if we are who we say we are, ( Christian )…we too must forgive…God’s Word says if we do not forgive others, then God will not forgive us. Those who are running as our candidate, have a ways to go yet before the election and I for one am not holding anyone past life against. I will vote according to their character & integrity…I do want a Godly man, for he will seek God in all decissions…Only through God’s wisdom can one truly lead our country in the right direction…Thank you for sharing your testimony, we are Blessed to know you…God Bless You Sister….Love ya

  5. love your message ..We all have things we have done in our lives that make us who we are.I respect you for being you…Glad to have you as my friend.My list is big too both good and bad but i like who i am as well.God bless you always smart girl that you are.

  6. I find that article very enlightening. Absolutely brilliant cousin!! I didn’t know u are a Blogger as well as a writer. U have many talents and are very beautiful as well. Although we’re on opposite sides of the political arena, I don’t take your stance & viewpoints personal & I hope u vice versa. I would love to read more of your articles.

    • Thank you for reading it cousin!!! Although we differ on many things, I tried to stay grounded and look at all sides of the spectrum! I guess that’s why I’m a registered Independent!!! 🙂

    • Our standards are low, Tim, because what we put ANY candidate through is not something any sane person would want to go through. We have made the condition unbearable for the most successful and selfless people to run for office. We can thank the 24/7 media, and ‘gotcha’ advocacy by that media for most of it. Watergate left us with the enduring legacy that the media can pound anyone senseless 9because they actually brought down someone that NEEDED to be pounded senseless). If I were running today myself, I turn around and ask the media themselves some of the same stuff they throw at our candidates.

  7. I agree with everything you said above. Everyone has something in their past that they are not proud of and wish they could erase. Where we came from is not as important as where we are going. Our pasts are not as important as the present or the future. Great article!

  8. our “former lives” and past mistakes are great reminders, and help us empathize with others.

    but, I see a double standard when it comes to politics. if Clinton has sex with a woman and lies about it, the dems don’t care. but, if a republican has an indiscretion, it’s grounds for dismissal.

    the thing people should be looking at is the solutions offered, and the track records of the candidates. if they are known liars, it’s a good idea to stay away from them. if they say they are conservative but their voting record shows they voted liberal on the issues, don’t vote for them.

    we need true conservatives at every level. look at your local candidates. see if you can spend a little time with each of them. or at least with those most likely to get your vote. ask them questions and listen to the answers.

    it is unfortunate that many in the republican party are really no different than their democrat counterparts. we need to vote for true conservatives. not people who only claim to be conservative. if you want to see real change for the good, you need to really look at the candidates.

    we are fighting between free market capitalism in a free society and a socialist totalitarian government. I choose freedom.

  9. Amazing that we hold people up to standards that sometime aren’t even mortal being standards! True we want someone that is best trained and suited to the job, but lately competency hasn’t seem to matter since 2008! Thank you Kuuleme for reminding us, he that cast stones…..John 8:7, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then it goes on to say, ” She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”! God is love, truth and Judge! You nailed it Kuuleme!

  10. Very well said Kuuleme!! You’re right none of us are perfect, with politicians being in the lime light so much it’s easy to point out faults. If they came forward and admitted when they did something wrong I’m sure a lot of us could live with that and understand they’re human just like the rest of us. It’s when they cover it up….or attempt to cover things up that we lose trust in them. With some of them acting as if they’re God like, when a skeleton does fall out of their closet it’s magnified several times over.

    Would be interesting if everyone were to tell all the things they’ve done in their life as you just did. I think it may humble many folks out there and keep them from opening their big mouths.

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