INTEGRITY ABOVE REPROACH
In recent days we have witnessed Justice Exacting Her Measure: Usama Bin Laden being found and executed. Now the press is caught up in a frenzy of whether photos of his death should be released; and the ensuing arguments about the "proof" of his death versus inflaming anger & retribution. I do no wish to minimize the genuine concern, but it appears to me that the debate has been fostered by men lacking the Integrity of our Fathers.
"Let your yea be yea, and your ney be ney" has been lost in the double-talking and double-dealing of modern leaders in our nation. I remember from my childhood watching westerns where the indian would say "He speekum with forked tongue." Whether the current President, or previous Presidents, their word has become suspect. Senators & Congressmen suffer from the same disease.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, ABRAHAM LINCOLN and other former Presidents understood INTEGRITY. The question of "proof photos" misses the point. There are those who will not accept any measure of proof, and those who seek none.
Much is being made of washing Bin Laden and giving him a funeral. This is embarrasing. Honorable men do honorable things for honorable reasons; and that includes respect for the sanctity of life. Again, from my childhood, my heroes took time to bury the dead; and it is a point of honor amound our Navy Seals, Marines, et al to retrieve the body of a fallen comrad. It is a basic act of humanity, and such respect is not based on how good or how evil was the man. We show no honor to Bin Laden nor to the Muslim faith in so doing--WE SHOW HONOR TO HUMANITY.
As REALTORS®, we serve our client, our profession and our heritage when we uphold honor & integrity. We do it because it is right--not because of a code of ethics alone. "RIGHT IS RIGHT, WRONG IS WRONG; AND WE NEVER HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WRONG."
May we uphold the values of our Fathers.