95. Integrity only exists now The importance of integrity continues until an SP’s last breath. Integrity can be revealed even on thedeathbed, and can live on after death, so it is important for SPs to consider how they wish to beremembered. This is not a question for later but for now, as the way people see you later is influenced bywhat you do now.The present situation is the only thing you can do something about now. SPs wouldtherefore be well advised not to put off or shirk integrity, as the only people responsible for SPs’ integrityare the SPs themselves. Integrity remains important, as stated, even after an SP’s term of office has ended. The importance ofintegrity continues until an SP’s last breath. Integrity can be revealed even on the deathbed. The lastwords of Dwight Eisenhower were as follows: “I’ve always loved my wife, my children, and mygrandchildren, and I’ve always loved my country. I want to go. I’m ready to go. God, take me.” Anotherexample is US president Grover Cleveland, whose last words as he died were: “I have tried so hardto do right.”554 It is in those situations where more could be said that what is said reveals the mostabout where a person’s heart lies. However, a person’s integrity can live on after death. It is expressed in the texts in sympathy cards andobituaries, on gravestones, and in media reporting and eulogies. When Franklin Roosevelt died just beforethe end of the Second World War, it was said that, “He died fighting for democracy.”555 Joseph Stalinpraised Roosevelt as being “a great politician of world significance”.556 Integrity can also live on in thememories of others. For example, people may retain memories of ideals, courage, and honesty in SPs thatcan serve as an example to others. At the same time it is possible to go down in history as bad or corrupt,even the worst or most corrupt SP. Out of 690 mayors of large US cities, experts chose William H.Thompson as the worst mayor ever because he received campaign funds from gangsters such as Al Capone, among other misdeeds, and after his death a $1.5 million bribe turned up in his safe depositbox.557 As stated in chapter 17, Indonesian president Mohamed Suharto headed a list of most corruptpolitical leaders.558 From the perspective of integrity the question to ask is how you would like to be remembered. This is not aquestion for later but for now, as the way people see you later is influenced in part by who you are andwhat you do now. The present situation is the only thing you can do something about now. What happensnow will never return and cannot be redone. In that respect integrity is about the here and now. The onlything that counts is what you do in the moment. As Bill Clinton wrote, “All we have is the moment.”559 By relating integrity to now, you avoid putting off good intentions for the future and opting for less edifyingissues in the short term. Postponing integrity is a rejection of integrity in the present. There is also thequestion of whether there will even be a later, and if so, whether you will be able to prioritize integrity atthat point. SPs may think that they have to survive their first term in office before having the freedom in thenext term to realize their ideals and principles. However, the second term often proves disappointing, as USpresidents have found.560 They have less power because it is difficult to change course (because thatshows a lack of integrity), receive more criticism (because others lose patience over unfulfilled promises),and less cooperation (because others begin to anticipate their successor). It is therefore better to beginthe first term with the expectation that there will be no second term. This prevents postponement fromturning into denial of duty if there is no second term, requiring the SP to leave empty-handed. In the end you are integrity. The only person responsible for your integrity is you. The only person whocan develop your integrity is you. In short, integrity is about the way you are now.