None of this Wall Street hullabaloo should be any surprise to us--at least to those of us who feel as though we have been hoodwinked in the last eight years. We have a leader who has lied to us, who has looked the other way when members of his administration have lied, and who will not admit it when he is wrong. Whether intentionally or not, he has created a culture in which this behavior is allowed or at least overlooked. By whom, you ask? By us, the American citizenry. Because we were also told that to question any of this was unpatriotic.
We have had corrupt politicians get caught with their pants down (or at least with their foot under the stall), scheming lobbyists go to jail, 401(k) plans and pensions go belly up, carried on our lives while young men and women die for what or come home maimed, body and soul, so why shouldn't our financial markets come hurtling down around our ears as well? Greed, lies and betrayal cannot uphold a society; they bring it down.
So for me, Barack Obama, in his promised efforts to rebuild this country, needs to tell me only three things: he'll tell the truth, his policies and administration will be transparent, and that when he's wrong, he'll admit it and find a way to make it right. If being dishonorable can bring this country down in eight short years, surely being honorable can rebuild it and soon.