• Lauren Bloom is an interfaith minister and attorney who focuses on professional and personal integrity. Her career has been devoted to helping business professionals earn and maintain the trust of their clients, cutomers, colleagues and associates. An internationally-recognized expert on business and professional ethics, Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker across North America and in Europe.

    Lauren lives in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

  • Why’ve we got to be so crude?

    Posted on by Lauren Bloom

    When I blog, whether about ethics or angels, I usually try to keep it non-political. Yes, I live near Washington, D.C.,  where politics are as essential to the atmosphere as oxygen. And yes, I’m an attorney, which means that I follow the fates of various laws and lawmakers with intense interest. But I also believe that the things I write about – ethics, apologies and, yes, angels – transcend politics.

    Or at least I did.

    This Presidential election process has sunk so low that I can’t stay quiet about it any more. Admittedly, neither of the major party candidates is a saint. But their human fallibility doesn’t justify the vitriol being slathered on them. Naked statues, cartoons in black face, vicious name-calling, even threats of imprisonment and death … it’s frankly disgusting, and uglier than anything I’ve ever seen in the political process before.

    I have a distinct preference between the two candidates, and I’m willing to bet you do, too. You might agree  with my choice, or you might not. But either way, vilifying them accomplishes nothing good, and distracts from the important and necessary task of picking the most qualified leader. The candidate who emerges victorious from this reeking mudpit of an election will have to lead the nation and represent us before the world.  Do we really want our President permanently stained with political muck?

    It’s easy to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump based on their stated positions and personal qualifications. There’s no need to demonize them. Please, everyone! Take a breath, calm down a little, and try to elevate the debate out of the gutter.

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