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July 24, 2024

Can we recover our Moral Fiber?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On July 21, 2012

Our Moral Fiber is being destroyed in this country, this state, this county, one day, one event, one person at a time.

What is Moral Fiber?

I think the definition I found here spells it out very well. Moral Fiber

“Moral fiber is the capacity to do what is right, no matter what the circumstance. A business person with strong moral fiber, for example, would decline a bribe, and put his self interests aside for the benefit of the company and its shareholders. A parent with strong moral fiber does whatever it takes to help their kids succeed, even if it means they have to make sacrifices. A person with moral fiber does not do things to intentionally harm others, and when given the opportunity, does things to help the less fortunate.
When Abraham Lincoln pushed to free slaves despite hostility from his own political party, he showed great moral fiber. Bernie Madoff was severely lacking moral fiber when he took billions from investors.

A parent that would rather drink and get high than pay rent or electric bills has no moral fiber.”

We have covered many criminal activities on this site and over and over it appears the attitude is to move forward and don’t prosecute. Sadly, as we have covered, other counties and state agencies and even federal agencies have no problem going back 10 years or more to investigate and prosecute.

One only needs to look at the recent arrest of the former Charleston City Planner.  If we ignore the misconduct of our public officials what message are we sending? What damage is done to the future of our community?  Do you think the officials in Charleston might think twice about stealing now that they know you will get prosecuted for it? 

The message we send to the rest of the people when we do nothing and/or refuse to demand accountability is a message of corruption. Unwillingness to stand for what is right and true. That is the first step in the decay of any civilized society. Don’t take my word for it, just read history!  The message we send to our community becomes the behavioral patterns for the future. Something about sowing and reaping?

The damage that occurs from doing nothing begins with the loss of public trust in our government. Not much more you can say to that. If you let your public officials get away with abusing our tax dollars for their own gain and nothing is done we lose faith in our system of Government.   

Loss of that faith is the first step in the decay of our moral fiber of right and wrong. We become desensitized to what wrong really is. A new paradigm is created that establishes justification for illegal acts that 20 years ago would have been front page news exposing the crooks. Character Matters and our lack of involvement have led us to officials that “are” characters instead of “having” Character. integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.  Do your elected and appointed officials have integrity?

I suspect about now in this short read you’re wondering where this is going. Let me tell you to simply hang on because the Edgar County Watchdogs has come into possession of information from the Illinois State Police that not only corroborate several of our earlier stories on the past Sheriff and other officials in this county but also paints the clear picture of the behavioral traits that have infected our community and have grown like a cancer while many people, which a lot of you think are great character models, should actually be charged for the crimes they have committed.

The hardest thing for many people to overcome is the fact their close friend or loved one is or has done something terribly wrong or even criminal. It hurts and we understand that however it’s how we deal with that painful truth that determines where we go as a society.

These wrong doings must be exposed so that we know the truth about the people in positions of power. We must remember the truth has no agenda. My agenda is pretty simple even though many refuse to listen and accept it, understandably considering many of those are the people we are exposing.  My agenda?  Hold our officials accountable to do what is right by the law.  If we can’t do the right thing on the small things is it any wonder our government is in the mess its in?  

The challenge, as we are finding, is we must first define what is right and by who’s standard?

I believe this video is a PERFECT explanation of the challenge we are facing today and I pray to God every one of you put your opinions aside and listen to the message because I promise you it ties into the very things going on in this county and I believe fits perfectly with the upcoming stories.




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