What the world needs now is … integrity

By Tom Quiner

NBC news anchor, Brian Williams, admitted that he hasn’t been truthful for the past dozen years. He claimed his helicopter came under enemy gunfire when he was covering the Iraq War.

Turns out it didn’t.

His contorted explanation came down to this: he lied to make himself look good.

The ends justify the means.

In a different arena, the world of athletics, another celebrity recently came under fire. Disgraced bicyclist, Lance Armstrong, did it again. He was partying in Colorado with his girlfriend, Anna Hansen. Perhaps intoxicated, he hit two parked cars on his way home.

Guess what? Armstrong talked Ms. Hansen into taking the blame, until the truth came out. She explained:

“No, that was a joint decision and um, you know we’ve had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years and … I thought, ‘Gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars, it’s not going to show up in the papers, but Lance Armstrong hit some cars, it’s going to be a national story.’

It comes down to this: Armstrong lied (again) to save face.

The ends justify the means.

It makes me think of Hillary Clinton. She claimed she came under “sniper fire” when she landed in Bosnia back in 1996. She later recanted, saying she merely “misspoke.”

Translation: she lied.

Ms. Clinton’s list of whoppers is staggering. Most recently, she claimed that she and “Bill” were broke when they left the White House.

Her suggestion: we’re just poor, strugglin’ folks even though we’ve made over a hundred million dollars since.

The ends justify the means.

The time is ripe for integrity. The Democrats are poised to nominate a candidate who is comfortable with misspeaking, contorting, and convoluting the truth.

I believe America is hungry for integrity. Here is the question: can Republicans nominate a person of integrity? Who is that person?

In this culture of deceit, integrity is a breath of fresh air.

Americans should demand it.


  1. Bullright on February 6, 2015 at 11:51 am

    It’s been the rule for some time,. the end must justify the means. (if they have to get the Supreme Court to validate it.

    • quinersdiner on February 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      You’re right.

  2. Trust is the Key Ingredient on February 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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