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Why Morality and Character Do Not Matter
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:55am

Dennis Prager

Is the President a Bad Role Model for Children?


When I was young, I never regarded the president of the United States as a personal role model. That task fell on my father, my grandfather, my older brother, my uncles, my parents’ friends, my teachers, my rabbis, and other older males.

Whether or not a child, young adult, or adult consciously regards the POTUS as a personal role model, the POTUS nevertheless is a role model for children, young adults, and adults.

And even if a child such as Praeger looks solely to his father, grandfather, older brother, uncles, parents’ friends, teachers, rabbis, and other older males as his personal role models, when they look to to POTUS as a role model it comes to that same thing.

And that includes every POTOS, not just Donald Trump.

    • Prager made his case quite well! ~ TW, Tue Sep 11 11:47am
      His case is fully covered by the statements he made below: What Trump accomplishes as president matters more than whether he’s a good father figure. The answer should be so obvious that I am... more
      • And the generations that grow up under their presidential moral models. The generation that grew up under one of the most decent presidential moral models — Dwight Eisenhower — turned out to be the... more
        • Prager's point being that in reality you should only look to people of high character to serve as role models. Parents and relatives do tend to serve as better role models as kids have a far closer... more
          • That Is What I Said. ~ Merlin, Tue Sep 11 6:17pm
            Parents and relatives do tend to serve as better role models as kids have a far closer association with them. But kids do not always pick their parents or relatives for role models despite their best ... more
    • Are there ANY presidents that have been ~ Sprout, Tue Sep 11 9:14am
      truly and totally good role models for children? As a general perception I would say that Trump is not a great role model for children. But I would also say we should prioritize what we want a POTUS... more
      • A sort of L'Eminence Grise. Both in terms of morality and character, and things like international trade management and other national level work.
        • Really? ~ Sprout, Tue Sep 11 9:39am
          Taking money from an employer to anonymously bash that employer is an example of a role model to you? I would say that if I had serious ethical/moral disagreements with my employer, I would hope I... more
    • As a kid I thought the same with IKE in White House.. ~ KDM on the left coast, Tue Sep 11 8:13am
      ...but attitudes began to change with a few of his successors. ;-)
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