The definition of integrity is unambiguous: It’s the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
Integrity is widely accepted as a virtuous attribute, and credited as foundational to almost every human achievement considered worthwhile. All major religions emphasize it as a godly trait, and even atheists point to it as the humanist feature that can be honed to a caliber that renders belief in a higher power moot.
Integrity shapes everything. Its presence enhances all things, its absence spoils all things. It is superior to deterrence in combating crime, and superior to company policies in delivering employee productivity.
Among those who founded and devised our form of free government, integrity was considered essential to our continued success and prosperity as a country. Part of the rebellion against England included an aggressive and affirmative repudiation of the corrupt and amoral European aristocracies.
In the early years of the republic, mentions of integrity…