I would imagine that at some point in your life those words in the title were uttered to you by someone you looked up to. That could have been a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, or even a religious leader. And, I would imagine again, their utterance usually followed an action that you probably considered comical or just plain unimaginable, such as when one of your parents taught you to hammer a nail. You know what I mean. The lesson probably went something like this: Use one hand to keep the nail steady. Pick up the hammer with the other and slowly hit the head of the nail to drive it into the wood. Then, WHACK! The nail drops, the hammer falls, and your parent is sucking one of his/her fingers while you look on in amazement. Once their mouth was cleared, the comment of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ usually followed.
So, why is it that politicians can’t seem to follow this simple idea? Even if you don’t live in our great state of Florida, I know that you are aware of former Congressman Mark Foley’s most recent departure. He is the perfect example of this. Foley was one of several representatives that wrote, and had passed, laws that focused on the safety of children from predators of all kinds.
What happened? No one would have thought that the author, Foley, would now be considered a man that authorities are looking at under the language that he produced. Yet, we have a United States Congressman that sent sexually explicit e-mails to teenage pages that worked in his office. Foley, for whatever reason, certainly didn’t do what he said others shouldn’t do.
Fortunately for us, we live in a country where we have the opportunity to elect our leaders. When election time comes around next month, get out and cast your vote and rid our system of people who say one thing and do something entirely different.