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When Did We Lose the Cherry Tree?

August 27th, 2012

It’s a story that’s been told for centuries…

Little George Washington (then just six years-old) was playing with a hatchet, when he cut down his father’s favorite cherry tree. When his father asked him who killed the tree, Washington replied, “I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie!”

As we all know, little George grew up to be our first President, and this story set a high standard for America’s leaders to strive for.
But look at what we’ve got today:

– Republicans in Congress crying foul over U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s alleged refusal to turn over documents in response to a subpoena over Operation Fast and Furious.

– Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geitner, who didn’t pay Social Security or Medicare taxes from 2001-2004. He paid $34,000 in back taxes before being confirmed to lead the IRS’ hunt for tax-evaders.

– Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said she was never briefed on the CIA’s use of waterboarding back in 2002. However, the former CIA counterterrorism chief claims to have proof (in a classified government cable) about when and where she was told about what was going on.

It’s not just Democrats who are in hot water, and it’s not a recent development, either. After lying about the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon is still the only U.S. President to ever resign.

More recently, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison for money laundering, after he used a political action committee to send donations to Texas House candidates.

Examples like these make you wonder… when exactly was it that we lost sight of the cherry tree?

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