Character has been a focal point of United States politics since the very beginning. It's not solely about a person's ability to lead, but the content of their character as well.
The original values, such as honesty and compassion, seem to have been replaced with other values - mean ones, creating politicians who benefit from lying, fibbing, and manipulating the truth. This is, sadly, a problem that crosses party lines. We have drifted very far from the original values that this country was founded on.
Character has been a hallmark of national elections ever since 1800 when a newspaper editor supporting Thomas Jefferson attacked the "hideous hermaphroditical character" of President John Adams.
If Democrats believe character is critical, why isn't character development—the moral, behavioral, civic, and intellectual aspects of who we are and how we grow—part of their platform?
The Republicans fare no better. The party punted on publishing a 2020 platform, choosing instead to release a set of core priorities.
"Every school should identify a set of core values that reflects the school's highest priorities"