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September 23rd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 9/23/09

Editor's Note: Wednesday’s American Morning audience was most intrigued by the question of “moral authority” in Carol Costello's "Mad as Hell" piece. Some praised Carol Costello for discussing “empathy.” Others reflected on those whom they trust as their moral compass, with many naming President Obama and spiritual leaders as their guides.

  • Niki: To Carol Costello-Brava! Finally someone talked about it: EMPATHY. We are the "United" states. It’s about time we started caring about each other and not just the sound of our own voices and gripes.
    Cemali: The moral compass in this country is our new president. He calls a spade a spade, he does his best to inspire and encourage youth to be the best they can and he is a beacon of hope to 55% of us in a time when we feel like all hope is lost. Morally & financially. He doesn't only do that for Americans, he has also managed to do it for the entire world. It's about time!
  • Mary: I think that President Obama is an extremely rational thinking person who has a very very hard and stressful job. I also think that he appears to be a very moral person,. We all have to "come together" and stop being so judgmental of everyone else (I am including all of our politicians too). I think we should believe that a stranger is just a friend we haven't met yet. My question of the day is: If you were president how would you handle yourself as president and what do you think the populace would think about your handling of the job?
  • Doug: The moral authority in this country is our Church and spiritual leaders. The problem is, simply, many people don't have one.
  • Roy: we better go back to the basic and that is our creator. and ask for him to forgive us. and to give us love in our hearts instead of hate. because he is love.

Who is your “moral authority”? What do you believe has created the division that exists in America today?

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  1. victor Aponte

    Re: Our government. We no longer have anyone representing the people that put them there to serve and protect us the citizens of this country. Instead what we have is a government that works more for themselves with their own agenda and their rich friends that are lining their pockets at our expense. That is the biggest reason why we can,t get a health care bill past with a public option because no one trust the government to do the right thing for it,s people and why nothing get,s accomplished in washington either. Meanwhile the country is falling apart financially. If this is allowed to keep up this country is in trouble and we will never recover. I say vote them all out and let,s bring back honesty and morals back to Washington. God Bless America and it,s people!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  2. Judy Gilbert

    Elohim, Creator of the universe is my moral authority. It's a shame this nation now bases its view of our God upon the negative behavior of wayward Christians, rather than God Himself. If we could all cling to the God of our forefathers as our moral authority, we might just be able to follow the words written in Philippians 2:3,4. Here we are told: "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." If we could replace the god of self with the one, true God, we could be rid of all the narcissism, judgement and negativity that keeps trying to rule this nation.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  3. jim vicalvi

    Nikki- I am surprised that the politically correct police did not jump all over you with your comment about a "spade is a spade" relating to obama. With the way that they jump on every little nuance that involves perceived racism this is a definite booboo!!

    September 24, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  4. Tom

    Shameful... Your report this morning on Sara Palin was horribly biased. Before you roll your eyes, let me say I am not a Sara Palin fan. What I saw was not journalism; rather, it was a one-sided poke at a conservative. This report only fuels those that say CNN is left leaning. The smirky intro and overt giggles following the story by Ms. Chetry and Mr. Roberts verify that your anchors too are ani-conservative. Sure, Palin is not a powerhouse politician, but that is no reason to belittle her. You would be better off not reporting on her exploits at all. No wait... People are interested in what she says and does – and you need viewers/ratings. Those people that care about her are conservatives, and you just made them all change the channel.

    September 24, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  5. Dennis

    I agree with Tony's Comment,we need to make our own Goods,And Keep our STUFF here......But that will never happen....Its THE NEW WORLD ORDER,Turn the USA into a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY

    September 24, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  6. tony

    I must say that Pres Obama must stop saying what he took over from bush.Pres Obama is a great president we dont need the past Haunting us.another we already have to much Goverment we need to get rid of czars.We must stop companys bringing goods into U.S.A after leaving here and putting millions of people out of work .stop them 'now' we Americans can start over without call for help on your dell computer you get India.can not even understand.wake up Dell your an American company ,and all others like you that go over seas............God Bless America!

    September 24, 2009 at 6:43 am |
  7. paul d johnson

    the parthians and persians are from one of the old kingdom s , the persians ruled thier territory and the parthians were valour marksmen and cavalry, they have century,s of experience in thier world, the caravan trade routes travelled up through present day iraq, iran, turkey and pakistan into afganistan and south of the europe ciss, the mountainous regions established warlords to guide the carivans of goods, trade, ect through and collected passage fees, ( the establishment of the taliban), i would suspect there could be some involvement in the opium trade, but we have to remember that briton, france, canada and the united states used the opium trade in breakaway hong kong and the portugese colony from china, now the table has turned and oh the howling, i am not sure western country,s could supply enough money to afghanistan to get them to stop thier enterprise, secondly who would want a care package compared to a liveing they can make them selves, the way i see the situation is it is going to take a lot more money to stop or police the mountainous regions and afghanistan than they spent in vietnam, iraq and afghanistan combined, i am not saying whether they are right or wrong, but how long will it be until it eventually falls back to the taliban again, one thing they have learned is why thier people supported invaders which they will adapt to themselves, secondly they have not learned yet that you do not run into the street to challenge a tank , but eventually they will pick that up, thier failure was they pulled 911 off and they believed so strongly that allah did it for them that they were twelve feet tall and bullet proof, and never had any back up to follow up with, if anything can be considered come out of the whole mess perhaps the taliban and invaders can come to the conclusion violence is not the answer, perhaps if they could reflect a moment on thier dead, familys, friends , country men, was it worth it , all the great people in history that waged massive destructive wars learned it was not, napolean, general lee , perhaps hitler, the americans should be the first to understand the end , the american civil war was the most heart breaking and sadest in american history, relative against relative , friend against friend , country men against country men, napolean asked the french goverment for a large amount of enamaled pot metal decorations the goverment said it is to expensive we can not afford it, he replied no in battle if your troops are looseing they will turn and run, but if you will recognize them with a worthless piece of metal they will get themselves killed to get it , when the bugle sounds we all fall into one massive line so long and straight that looks like one single soldier , we cry for awhile and then we go back to the same thing.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Allen N Wollscheidt

    Regarding the threat posed by maverick nations like Iran and N Korea –

    They need to be convincingly promised and assured that, from this point on, were they ever to strike outside their borders with any missile or artillery, nuclear or conventional, that they would cease to exist either the same day or the next.

    September 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  9. Dee Covington

    Is it true Charles Gibson asked President Obama if he would be willing to give up his current family health care and go on the program he is proposing for the rest of the country? It is absurd that our elected officials will be deciding what health care reform we will end up with, when they have 100% lifetime coverage for free! Really they could care less. I wish more media would pose these questions to our senators and congressmen/women.

    September 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  10. bmwmom

    How can Obama or anyone that condones abortion be seen as a moral authority or a moral person?

    September 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  11. bmwmom

    Our moral authority is God, the creator of us and the entire universe. His word (the Bible) is a compass that will guide us through life if we will just follow it. Not following it has lead to the problems of this world.

    September 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Are they going to be INSPECTED TOO ???????? naaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    why do that right ??????????

    September 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  13. Dennis

    And What bout all ISRAEL'S NUKES ??????????????????

    September 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  14. Sylvia Fuoss

    All the talk about improving health care focuses on improving access to insurance. That is not health care. It doesn't matter how much insurance you have if you cannot get to see a physician. The primary care Drs in the US are paid poorly, in relation to specialists, so fewer Drs go into primary care. In improving access to health insurance millions of new patients will flood the system of primary care givers. Just how does Congress think the present supply of physicians will provide any improvement on todays health care system, regardless of payment options? Doesn't matter how much empathy one has; no matter how much moral authority you posses; if you don't fix the primary Dr shortage, you won't fix health care. They are putting the cart before the horse.

    September 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |