Does Character Count in Politics?

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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

Although we praise someone for having “character,” constituents currently elect some who display little of it. Why are ethical qualities such as honesty, responsibility, humility, and respect for others not valued more by voters? Why are so many willing to turn a blind eye to contemptible personal behavior on the part of politicians? Is the “noble statesmen” a quaint relic of the past? Hugh Taft-Morales explores these questions in an attempt to unearth some reason for optimism about the future of ethical politics in the United States.