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Student voices: People in high places let Marnie down

Recently, news has broken of yet another high-up government official compromising their reputation by engaging in questionable moral dilemmas, to put it lightly. The fact that these incidents have begun to add up is far from reassuring, especially for those who are told to look up to the highest ranked, hardest working officials in our country.

This recurring pattern is beginning to be frightening to me, and it should be for everyone. Those who have the most control over our country's future imply through their actions that they would rather compromise the safety and sanctity of our country over their personal lives.

I cannot fathom, for example, how much education that the former CIA director currently caught up in scandal has attained, and how many hours he has worked to move up the ranks to such an influential position. It is extremely discouraging for me to see people I normally hold endless respect for make these kinds of choices. The combination of deceit and disillusionment makes me unsure about stepping into the future, as it seems that more and more professionals who should be trustworthy are just the opposite.

Some may see this situation as simply gossiping about someone's immoral decision, and some may view the coverage as intrusive. But when the safety of the country is on the line, and people are being highly influenced by someone with the same magnitude of irrational morality as many of these "leaders" have, it doesn't even matter.

The aspect of these scandals that I find most interesting is that the behavior is generated mostly by middle-aged adults in powerful government or business roles. Their behavior does not wholly represent the entire generation by any means, but neither does the few stand-out behaviors in my generation that lead people to say that the future of America is in bad hands because of "us"--the current generation of teenagers soon to enter the workforce. Drawing that conclusion is interesting considering the sheer number of scandals that have been products of the currently leading generation.

It is a difficult topic to discuss, but I think we can learn an important lesson here--"bad" people exist across all generations. Generalizations can be dangerous because of outliers such Petraeus, and I hope it acts as an example to prevent them and the deceitful behavior that plagued this case.

Marnie Sciamanda is a student at Rosemount High?School.