I believe John Adams had it all figured out when he said, "Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue. He realized that without the presence of personal moral in our leaders, we have no secure foundation in which to live by. However, today we face the issue of whether character is an important virtue of our leaders, or does it really matter what values our leader displays. Many people believe the values of America previously, are not the same as they are today. They believe that this is a changing world and new influences intern create new values and principles. In a way they are correct, but I think it is crucial that our president displays qualities that Americans can use as a guide to living. He is our leader and his personal beliefs directly influence his public actions. His public actions directly affect us; so personal morals are necessary in order to carry out policies correctly. Our country needs to demand that our leaders have good morals or else we are heading down a road of destruction.
Historically this issue is not new at all. Franklin Roosevelt was perceived, as "brilliant, compassionate, and above all he understood the imperative for America to be moral." But in actuality he was a vicious, ruthless liar. The same with Nixon, he was a very intelligent, hard worker that changed policy in many ways, but lacked greatly in values. Another is Linden Johnson who stole votes, accepted bribes, and betrayed many people. Yet he was the father of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, "the greatest piece of moral good to come out of Congress in 100 years." Although these presidents accomplished important things their values and morals indirectly affected their actions. Maybe if their morals were in correct place they could have accomplished much more for this country.