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Letter: The sorry state of political integrity in America today

By Staff | Feb 24, 2024

How sad it is (in political discourse), that straight honesty and truth telling has largely disappeared among so many of our politicians today — and how refreshing when it does occur. As a prime example, go back in history to August of 1967 when Gov. George Romney of Michigan was a leading contender for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. He had toured southeast Asia earlier, and in September of 1967 he stated to the news media that “When I came back from Vietnam, I just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get.” For speaking this truth, he was immediately attacked by his opponents, and that brought to an end his front-runner position as presidential candidate.

Something similar has happened today with the honesty and truth-telling of his son Senator Mitt Romney when it comes to speaking of the character and behavior of Donald Trump — which (few if any), other Republican in Congress has dared do with such candor. This made him even unpopular in his own state of Utah — where he was booed at the Utah Republicans Convention in May of 2021. What does that say for integrity, honor and virtue in our country today?

Warren Wright, St. George


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