Guy Pacot: Good judgment and character missing in Obama |

Guy Pacot: Good judgment and character missing in Obama

Guy Pacot

There are many things that come as no surprise to me these days, and in many respects I expect them ” especially in the political arena. I expect the great expanse between the political philosophy and agendas of the two parties. I expect an ever-widening gap between conservatism and liberalism. I expect the increasing polarity that the war against terrorism has created amongst the citizens of our great nation. But the thing that I expected least has come to pass, that is the great number of Americans that have summarily dismissed the importance of good judgment and character.

We have seen the Democratic candidate for president admit to, by his own words, “multiple lapses of judgment.” We are asked to consider that these lapses, which include many different people and many different areas of his life, are not that important and not that pertinent to the matters at hand.

This same candidate would say that he is qualified to weigh in on the financial crisis and promises to get to the root of the problem, yet he himself admitted to “multiple lapses of judgment” in regards to his real estate dealings with a now-convicted felon.

This man also ignores the recent lessons in the world arena in regards to our dealings with admittedly difficult countries and out-and-out enemies. He would have you believe that we did not go the distance in pre-conflict options, when in fact the reason we did enter into conflict was due the inability of discussion, sanctions and multi-nation threats to dissuade a dictator from the course he was on. This same man said he would intervene in the case of genocide in Africa, but seemingly overlooked the genocide of the Kurds in Iraq as reason enough to intervene.

Fellow Summit County citizens, fellow Coloradans, and fellow Americans I am not asking you to abandon your political, philosophical or ideological convictions. I am beseeching you to not abandon the things that transcend every one of these subjects, the true value and necessary value of good judgment and character.

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