Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh, Mr. President...

Our newspaper, The Daily News, places quotes of various people, living or dead on the top of the page of our  opinion and editorial page. Usually these quotes from various people have or had a birthday that corresponds to the day of publication.

Sunday, February 22,2015 the quote was from our first president, the late George Washington. Of course history tells us President Washington was born February 22, 1732.

The quote from Washington that the editor chose was, "I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy." (George Washington)

Well, Mr. President, I beg to differ and take issue with that maxim. I respectively challenge that maxim. I think it implies both bad thinking and bad theology.

You see Mr. President, the maxim that I hold, whether in the private or public sector is, "Honesty is the only policy." When you say that "honesty is the best policy" you are implying that there are other policies. In addition you are implying that the other policies have a valid place, however yours in your opinion happens to be better. No, I don't think so.

Honesty is always the only policy!

Oh, by the way; Happy Birthday, Sir!


Scott said...

Oh come on, Gregg, you know what he meant! :)

Gregg Metcalf said...

I know Scott, but what's a guy to do on a slow day?