"Society's demands for moral authority and character increase
as the importance of the position increases."
John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
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 -- Anonymous      
very powerful and frank.
 -- Anonymous     
    Maybe in his day. Now we get Bill and Hillary. Now our schools teach that there is no moral authority. Morality is up to the individual. Truth is what any one makes it out to be. Facts are irrelevant. Definitions of words can be changed to suit the individual political ideology. Great quote. Hope to see it mean somthing again in our society.
     -- warren, olathe     
    and when it is lacking, in the case of Bill Clinton we get a stained dress... and in the case of George W Bush we get thousands who are needlessly dead and greater concern for the fiscal good of the rich than the simple survival of the poor... Impeach the liar who kills not the one who spews!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    a contemporary observation, not so relevant today
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Our founding fathers were wise beyond their years.
     -- Roxana, Olympia     
    Yes, Mike, today the higher the position the greater the moral abuses. Clinton was/is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the country. The Bush's are just corrupt. God help us.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    That may have been true at one time but look at the 21st Century American leaders and,I would say,they are contrary to this quote.Possibly because our concerns as American citizens are no longer valued? Real Eyes Realize Real Lies!
     -- Me Again     
    I agree with Mike; alas, we have forgotten these great ideals - very well put Reston - very delicate
     -- RobertSRQ     
    Maybe the answer is that the top positions in government need to have less power. If the positions of President, Supreme Court Justices, Congressmen, and Senators are so powerful that no one can avoid being corrupted by them, maybe we need to clip their wings and take some of the sovereignty we loaned them back. Decentralize the power of government and put the power closer to the people, so we can keep an eye on it.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    All of the above comments have merit, but you have got to love John Adams. He is always on the mark. What I wouldn't give for someone to be president today that has his integrity, and intelect
     -- ken, milford     
    "Maybe the answer is that the top positions in government need to have less power." Hey, Ken, it's called 'The Consitution' -- its purpose is to strictly limit and check government's power. But, hey, we live in a democracy right, so if the majority choose to ignore the Constitution, then our officials don't have to follow it. Welcome to the arbitrary de facto democracy that has become the USA -- a government of the banks, by the banks, and for the banks at the altar of the almighty 'dollar'.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I think E Archer hit the nail on the head.This country is owned by the big banks & corporations.
     -- suzieQ, superior     
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