Scout laws rel­e­vant this elec­tion year

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - READERS RESPOND -

While re­flect­ing on the re­cent death of a friend from 58 years ago who, as a Boy Scout, worked with me to earn our Ea­gle Scout and God and Coun­try awards, I no­ticed how rel­e­vant the 12 Scout Laws are for this elec­tion year. Our lead­ers had ex­treme moral in­tegrity and char­ac­ter and taught what be­ing the best type of men in­volved.

Our cur­rent ma­nure spread­erin-chief is not any of these things: Trust­wor­thy, Loyal, Help­ful, Friendly, Cour­te­ous, Kind, Obedient, Cheer­ful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean or Rev­er­ent. The Dump­ster’s backup plan may even be pro­duc­ing “Real House­wives of Mar-a-Lago.”

It’s fright­en­ing to­day’s youth must see adults of all stripes still sup­port­ing this re­al­ity show con artist ex­traor­di­naire. Will they learn it’s OK to cheat, steal, bully and lie to get their way … and if caught, to never apol­o­gize, but al­ways dou­ble and triple down by blam­ing oth­ers?

I’m a spir­i­tual per­son with many flaws, but if re­li­gious wor­shipers can still jus­tify giv­ing this ver­sion of the An­tichrist their votes, I no longer con­sider my­self one of them. My faith in God is un­wa­ver­ing, but I’m tak­ing a selfie of my­self los­ing my re­li­gion. See … that’s me in the cor­ner.

Frank Cham­bers, Cleve­land, Ten­nessee

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