In The Absence of Integrity
By Elizabeth Gonzalez
Do you remember the days when a man or woman’s word was gold? It was that spoken word that both men and women relied upon and trusted. I remember when I listened to the chatter in my grandparent’s kitchen as they sat around the kitchen table with family or friends discussing Cuba or some other political dilemma of the era. You know the days, at least some of you – when a child was to be seen and not heard. Nowadays that would be unheard of and considered child abuse. My goodness, today one is afraid to wink at a child lest they be accused of child abuse or making an obscene gesture towards a minor.
Yet it was those days, the days of when I was to be seen and not heard that I learned the most, because I was not stopped from listening or watching. I could go into all the tangents of that era, the big ones Cuba and Russia, not to mention my grandmother indigent about the antics of the day and yelling a word, sometimes two in Croatian. It really does not matter today; it is just the same old, same old, just a different era, but the same old problems.
When I was growing up whatever my parents or grandparents said to me, I could count on. I never had to second guess them, question them, doubt them, wonder if they meant what they said because it was a given that if they said it – or promised it – it was as good as done. My parents are the same stalwart people today as they were then.
There are many days I sit and reminisce about my childhood, albeit not perfect, no one’s is. Some days it brings me to tears. I miss the smells and scents of the past, but more than that, I miss the voices of people with integrity and the unconditional love people had back then one for another. Yes, each era, each generation, brings with it their own problems and issues, but prior to the 1960’s people truly did, more so than not, have integrity.
Former President John F. Kennedy signed the bill to take prayer out of our public school and since that time, it has been truly a spiral downward for this nation as whole. The United States that once revered God, honored God, decided by the swipe of a pen that God could be dismissed. That God was no longer important to this nation’s children or adults. Of course, considering what an immoral life then President Kennedy was living behind the backs of the American people, the things he did in the White House – the people’s house, the fact he cheated on his wife with impunity while the secret service made sure Jackie Kennedy never walked in on her husband was beyond immoral – it was evil. However, this is not what this article is about. It is about how one man, the then President John F. Kennedy acted without integrity and greatly contributed to the moral decay of this nation and that its reverberations are still felt to this day.
There is no sense in bashing a dead man who is not here to defend himself, but I can speak to his legacy, which speaks to the kind of man he was or was not. It was the 1960’s that brought in an era that hated the establishment, as they so loved to coin the government. It is almost laughable when you look around here in D.C. up at the “Hill” and see many of those former hippies have become worse than the establishment they so disdained in the 1960’s. Rather prophetic when you truly think about it. The Bible is clear when the Apostle Paul said judge no man lest you become just like him. Most hippies became our present day establishment and they are far worse than those they criticized. Those hippies were the generation that was going to change things, change to this nation, and make this nation work for all the citizenry – perhaps idealistic in reality, but those hippies rarely even try anymore because they are our establishment.
Therefore, yes we do have change if you choose to believe what Obama says or Hillary Clinton. Nevertheless, their kind of change comes with a high price and far worse things than misdemeanors. After prayer was removed from schools, did people honestly believe that nothing would change in the absence of integrity?