Standing for the right

In open democratic societies a free press plays an important role in uncovering any abuse of power on the part of those in government or politics. Certain government agencies, parliamentary or congressional investigative committees, and citizens' groups provide other useful checks against political misdemeanor.

But the very existence of these safeguards shows that no human means are adequate in themselves to prevent unethical practices or to ensure 100 percent integrity in political behavior.

Why? Isn't it because the nature of the carnal, mortal mind is to deceive the unwary into accepting dishonest, expedient, or selfish ways? This can affect even those in high office. The same carnal mind would promote apathy among the voters, sometimes under the guise of disenchantment with politicians—an attitude that in turn can have the effect of allowing political malpractice to flourish.

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Family integrity
September 17, 1979

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