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What’s It All Mean? Disgust Not Distrust

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 13, 2012 8:56 AM |

America, September 2012

What’s it all mean?

That age old question is often used in rhetorical fashion during times of real stress and uncertainty. Is there any question that our nation is facing just such a period right now? Why so much stress and uncertainty?

Well, there are the obvious answers revolving around our economic problems. America today faces a massive fiscal deficit. As large as that deficit is, I firmly believe that our nation faces a much larger deficit within a much larger realm.

What type of deficit?

An integrity deficit. How so?

I do not know about you but I find myself on a regular basis seriously questioning the integrity of so many people and so much data across such a large swath of our economic, political, and social landscape. I am not cynical by nature but I am becoming increasingly concerned for our nation and its future. Why? Where is the truth in America? Who seeks the truth? Who promotes the truth? Who demands the truth? Who delivers the truth?

I find myself regularly dismissing economic reports in part or in totality as those disseminating the information skew the data if not outright change the manner in which it is collected and/or reported.

I find myself regularly dismissing political reports often from both sides of the aisle as those posturing are seemingly driven to bias the reality of situations for their own gain and with little regard for what is actually true.

I find myself dismissing almost all of what is reported by mainstream media as so much drivel delivered to maintain and/or promote a real political bias. Who are the real journalists in America today?

Instead of people involved in so many situations simply finding and delivering the truth, I continually witness people reporting on “what the truth supposedly means” and believing that is more important and necessary than merely “what the truth is.” The result is a perpetual assault on the truth to the point now where the truth is hardly identifiable.

Is the integrity deficit in America circa 2012 any greater than at other points in our history? That is open to debate. Perhaps the development of the internet has so influenced the manner in which our news is processed and disseminated as to increase the circumspect nature of Americans today. Perhaps. That said, I ask you, the readers of this blog, to what extent do you trust what you read, hear, and see reported across the aforementioned spectrum. Do you have the same exceptionally heightened level of distrust as I do?

I made this point to an individual with whom I was speaking just yesterday. His response caused me to pause and think if America is actually entering into an entirely new phase of our current economic and political crisis. What did this individual tell me?

He offered that America is past the point of maximum distrust and has now entered into a phase of total disgust with so much and so many that come our way on a daily basis. Wow. Very interesting. I think he is right. I find myself disgusted on so many fronts YET I remain determined to promote the values and integrity which I view as critical to long term success.

Why has the integrity deficit exploded in America? A lack of leadership. America needs real leaders and real leadership across all parts of our national landscape.

I ask you. Who are America’s real financial and economic leaders? Political leaders? Journalists and media? I know we have some but they are all too often drowned out by the clanging of noise from the charlatans in the crowd. Are we supposed to resign ourselves to the current reality?

Do you agree/disagree? Whom do you trust? Whom do you look toward as leaders in our nation today?

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.


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