…they must also be morally good themselves.
Virtue is no guarantee that a political leader undertake effective, prudent and just public policies. The variable are often so complex that even the virtuous and knowledgeable politician may find him or herself only guess as to the best course of action.
The difficulties inherent in both doing good and being good, however, does not excuse intentionally committing sins. This is especially so when a politician knowingly sins for mere political gain.
Whether true or not, as Jonathan Turley says (see below), the allegation that President Obama knew the Clinton campaign (and so Hillary Clinton) lied about allegations that then candidate Trump collude with Russian intelligence to gain an advantage in the 2016 election is morally (and politically) significant story.
Because trust is important to civil society (and the Church), leaders must not only do good but be good. When they are not, when they engage in immoral actions in pursuit of power, they undermine civil society and the rule of law.
The choice Turley says, is clear. Either Obama/Clinton knowingly allowed lies about Trump to be broadcast so as to undermine his presidential run OR else the Trump administration is lying about the previous administration (and by implication, Joe Biden) for its own, partisan ends.
In either case, our political cultural is very, very sick.
“Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified notes of former CIA Director John Brennan showing that he briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s alleged ‘plan’…”
“… to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as ‘a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.’ My interest in this story is not simply the serious underlying allegation but the lack of coverage by major networks or media outlets…. [T]he responses from Clinton allies have not addressed the substance of the document before simply dismissed any inquiries…. If these notes have been fabricated or misrepresented, it would show a breathtaking effort to lie to the voters before the election. If these notes are genuine, it would indicate that the FBI was aware of an effort by the Democratic presidential candidate to tag Trump with a Russian collusion scandal. We know that Clinton’s campaign funded the Steele dossier and that Steele shopped the dossier with the media to try to generate coverage to influence the election…. It seems that journalism is suspended until the election when reporters might be allowed a modicum of curiosity into such stories.”